The Essence: Just 18 miles Northeast of Durango in the San Juan National Forest and adjacent to the Weminuche Wilderness is the beautifully tucked away, Vallecito Lake. Vallecito Lake offers ample recreational activities year-round from camping, hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, boating, fishing, hunting, dog-sledding, and much more! The name Vallecito means "Little Valley" and is considered one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water at an elevation of 8,000 ft above sea level in Colorado.
With all that in mind, there are many camping opportunities at Lake Vallecito. To begin, there are 3 full-service RV and Cabin Resorts for the 'glampers' (glamor campers) of the world and 7 seasonally-maintained campgrounds.
Getting There: From main avenue head north to 15th street and make a right, this will lead into Florida Road and go straight through the round-a-bout. Go straight on Florida Road for 13 miles then make a right onto County Road 240. From here, travel about 3 miles till you make a left onto County Road 501 stay on this road for 4.5 miles then turn right onto County Road 501A. At this point in time, you should be making a right by a small convenient store (don't expect much if you forgot something). Along this road you will come up behind the lake and see there are many campsites along the path!
Comments: In total it should take about 45 minutes to an hour to get to a campsite. It is a good idea to bring an all wheel drive vehicle for some of the rougher terrain (depending on the time of year) but I have effortlessly romped around in my Volkswagon Jetta several times. Other things to be mindful of when driving are the free range cattle roaming this area.