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

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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 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Boulder, Colorado
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Avon, Colorado
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133 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank sl0t
Boulder, Colorado
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank buckdog1
Denver, Colorado
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43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

2 Thank EvBeE
Northern Ontario
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159 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 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 

1 Thank dodi534
Farmington, New Mexico
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112 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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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90 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

1 Thank Joel C
Wylie, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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

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