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Vallecito Lake

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One of the highlights of our time in the area

We took a day trip out to Vallecito Lake while we were in the Durango area for a long weekend. It... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2018
Tanya N
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Beautiful Lake but a Few Problems

This s a beautiful manmade lake, even more beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2017
SoFudie
,
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Vallecito, CO 81122
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

We took a day trip out to Vallecito Lake while we were in the Durango area for a long weekend. It was honestly one of the best parts of the weekend, besides sleeping in for the first time in a long time. The ride out...More

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Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

This s a beautiful manmade lake, even more beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing color. Internet reception is generally dependable in the area and good. That said, mobile telephone connection - no matter which carrier - is a huge problem. To get...More

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Reviewed August 21, 2017

I have been coming to this lake since I was a little kid with my parents. I have continued the tradition by make an annual trip here with my family. We love it every time we go. This years trip included two other couples from...More

Thank William H
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

I highly suggest NOT using the Old Timers day use area on the east side of the lake close to the dam. The hosts this year have been extremely rude to us for no good reason and it's sad because we've been going to vallecito...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful lake with stunning views. There is still fire damage on one side from a few years back but recovering. About 30 minutes from Durango and a scenic drive. There are only a couple cabin/ lodge places but a pretty large camping...More

Thank Janice K
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Reviewed June 13, 2017

It's a fairly quick drive from Durango, but the tree carvings posted around the lake tell an interesting story about a devastating fire. The lake and the surrounding area is beautiful.

1  Thank Richard V
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Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

Visited both Lemon and Vellecito Lakes. Vellecito was absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous view...would build a cabin if I won the lottery! First time there, heard from the locals that the water was up! Apparently, there was a fire in 2002, destroyed a lot of the forest...More

Thank Todd M
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Reviewed June 9, 2017

We spent three days in a cabin here. The lake is close to Durango but feels very rural. Yes, there are home all along the lake but the are also many open areas. It was great to just sit on the deck of our cabin...More

2  Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

This is an artificial lake and you can tell. That said, nice for an artificial lake. The road around the reservoir is only available during the warmer months, so one has to double back during the winter.

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Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Drove around the reservoir, where there were some really nice views. The problem was they were either private property or fee based areas. It wasn't until we got to the dam that we realized there was a free area. Covered in goose droppings. It is...More

2  Thank cweems4
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