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Address: Vallecito (15 miles north of Durango), CO
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We went here to find the Carvings

This is a beautiful area. We went in search of all the 15 carvings that one man had done in honor of all the people that fought the huge fire they had there. It was a humbling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
Cathy S
Lorain, Ohio

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Northern Ontario
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We traveled to Lemon Lake and then to Vallecito Lake . The lakes are stunning , the water was smooth as glass and the reflection of the trees and mountains was gorgeous to see . We followed the Trail of Carvings, 15 tree carvings done to commemorate the people who fought the big fire that happened there . These were... More 

Thank dodi534
Farmington, New Mexico
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99 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

For much of the summer, my spouse was laid up with a shattered heel from the beginning of season. When his doctor gave him the ok, we headed here and weren't disappointed. You can park near the shore and go for a dip or just lay out in the sun. Lots of swimmers, waders, jet-ski riders, sailors, and other lake... More 

Thank PartTimeGypsy
Lorain, Ohio
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81 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This is a beautiful area. We went in search of all the 15 carvings that one man had done in honor of all the people that fought the huge fire they had there. It was a humbling experience.

Thank Cathy S
Bayfield, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

There is a marina on Vallecito. New ownership as of this summer. New slips and friendly employees. A great place!

Thank Joel C
Wylie, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Perfect place for hiking boating and fishing county road 501 winds around the mountains giving you good wildlife viewing area and the lake has meadows to run the dog or fish and kayak from

Thank B W
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Beautiful drive out to Lemon Lake and Vallecito Lake. We weren't real sure about the dirt road that goes around part of the lake, but we made the drive and it was outstanding viewing. Be sure to check out both lakes!

Thank Charla C
Fremont, Nebraska
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great fishing for brown and rainbow trout,walleye, pike. The lake is very large this year and almost flooded due to the rainy season. I have seen it only about a quarter full during last years drought. They rent boats and paddle boats at the marina. The weather is usually very nice 70-80 daytime, 30-50 at night depending on which time... More 

Thank a1960junebug
Arizona City, Arizona
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I found this area to be excellent for scenery and the lake is a plus to its beauty.The people here are very nice and hospitable The Blue Spruce RV resort was a great place to spend our down time and reasonably priced.If you wish to park at the lake to fish it will cost you $3 a day or $30... More 

1 Thank James P
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

If you are thinking about coming to Vallecito to enjoy the lake on a rented boat forget it. The marina has shut down and as far as we know there are no plans for another one

7 Thank MellowOchre
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

One of our favorite family getaways! Lovely area, great fishing, and boat rentals are a good price. We rented a cabin for our family, walking distance to the lake, great restaurants, and close enough to Durango if you need any larger items.

2 Thank KatieStodgell

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