Vallecito Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Campgrounds still open between September and May have no services (water, electric, trash pick up or rest rooms). Please keep them clean and pack it out. Thanks!

Traveling along the western side of the reservoir on County Rd. 501, you pass through the community of Vallecito. Turn north on County Rd. 500 and go about 3 miles. The campground is large, very popular, and adjacent to the Weminuche Wilderness. Its 80 campsites in four loops are shaded, and most sites are large and fairly level. Those near the creek fill up quickly. There are 33 reservable sites, 3 with electricity, and 47 non-reservable sites.

Fishing in Vallecito Creek within the Wilderness is restricted to artificial flies and lures. Seven fee picnic sites are along the creek. Parking for the Vallecito Creek Trail, a major access point for the Weminuche Wilderness (no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles allowed), is at the campground entrance. Hitching posts and an unloading dock are available for livestock at the trailhead, but overnight horse camping is not allowed.

Reservations:
www.recreation.gov
1-877-444-6777

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (8)
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information

Directions:

Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 20 miles north on County Road 501, then turn right on County Road 500 for 3 miles.

Vallecito Campground area map.


General Notes:

Host on site.

Seven picnic sites are near the campground entrance, along the creek.

Parking for the Vallecito Creek Trail, a major access point for the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado's largest (no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles allowed), is at the entrance to the campground. Hitching posts and an unloading dock are available for livestock at the trailhead, but overnight horse camping is not allowed.

Attractions & Considerations

The campground is large, very popular, and next to the Weminuche Wilderness. Its 80 campsites in four loops are shaded, and most sites are large and fairly level. Those near the creek fill up quickly.

Because of heavy use, fishing in Vallecito Creek within the Wilderness is restricted to artificial flies and lures.

The nearby Lake Eileen Trail leads into the Weminuche Wilderness. The trail passes through aspen forests to the small, shallow lake covered by water lilies in a small depression surrounded by aspen trees.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.4776
  Longitude : 
-107.5466
  Elevation : 
8000