Sheltered in a secluded mountain valley 8,000 feet above sea level, Vallecito Lake is one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in Colorado. Vallecito, Spanish for "Little Valley", and ancestral home to many of Colorado's Ute Indians, became the name of the sparkling waters of the lake it surrounded. Located in the Southwestern part of the state just 18 miles from Durango, Vallecito provides a perfect base for enjoying the Four Corners area and its many wonders.
But there's no need to travel after your arrival. You can certainly enjoy a "stay-put" vacation right here at the lake. With 12 miles of shoreline, Vallecito sits in the heart of the unspoiled San Juan National Forest and offers a variety of accommodations and recreational opportunities.
Choose from comfortable, modern cabins, campgrounds, RV parks, motel units and guest ranches. "Dine" or catch a quick bite at one of our popular restaurants, try boating from one of our marinas, or enjoy the majesty of our part of the Rockies from horseback. Picture an incredible panoramic view while ATVing or hiking our extensive network of trails; catch your limit of trout, salmon or pike; or read your favorite book while relaxing on the porch enjoying the cool, crisp, clean mountain air. Whichever you choose, Vallecito Lake offers it all.
Still want more? How about our Tour of Carvings, shops, museum and night life? This is where the LOCALS come to play, eat and relax, while visitors from around the country return time and time again. We know our beautiful surroundings, relaxed atmosphere and friendly people will make this family vacation one of your most memorable. Please come see us soon!