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Address: Vallecito (15 miles north of Durango), CO 81122

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Traveled to both Lemon & Vallecito Lakes our 1st day in Durango to escape some mid June high temps. Drove around the perimeter of Vallecito and on to Lemon. Imagine for the locals... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 6, 2016
Boulder, Colorado

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 pretty we did get some nice pics, but ick. Not to mention the fish have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a great camping area, especially for tents and fishing. Reservations are needed for popular times of the year. We made a reservation on line and our site was marked reserved with our last name. Close to bathrooms and sits on a beautiful stream. We could not find a place to get a day pass for US Forest Service.... More 

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Avon, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Easy beautiful drive from Durango. The lake is beautiful with lots of campsites and RV spaces. has a General store. We road bikes on the NE corner of the lake, some paved and some crushed rock, we have hybrid bikes and like level, some small hills. Great place to hike as well--very quiet!! Interesting to see how nature is recovering... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

Traveled to both Lemon & Vallecito Lakes our 1st day in Durango to escape some mid June high temps. Drove around the perimeter of Vallecito and on to Lemon. Imagine for the locals even with the Animas River running right through town there's a time & place to go to Vallecito- for the open space sometimes not available on a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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43 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

We had made reservations months in advance for this campground - Lake Vallecitio Camp Ground - Durango area. There were no reviews that I could find but under the Forest Service it stated that it is a very popular camping area with 80 sites. We made a 5 day reservation. It is on the west tip of the lake and... More 

3 Thank EvBeE
Northern Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank dodi534
Farmington, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Lorain, Ohio
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90 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2015

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

2 Thank Joel C
Wylie, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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