Graham Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed

Graham Creek Campground is located near Vallecito Reservoir with 25 sites - 15 reservable sites and 10 non-reservable sites.  Some sites are surrounded by large trees while others are more open offering some sun and some shade. Underbrush separates campsites for privacy. 

The hillside sites are about 100 yards from the high-water line. Willows separate campground from lake but paths provide access to the shoreline. Sites are available for large RVs, although entrance and exit roads are steep.

Services include water, trash pickup, fire grates, picnic tables, and pit toilets. The only commercial development on the east side of the reservoir is the resorts just north of Pine Point. They have most camper services, but gasoline is not available.

The old rough, natural-surface boat ramp at the campground is closed to vessels larger than can be carried.  Trailered boats must use the boat ramp on the west side of the lake after getting a Colorado Parks and Wildlife inspection.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check out our Campground Status for up-to-date information.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online or calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fees: $24
Open Season: May - September
  • Quiet time is typically between 10pm - 6am. Please be a good neighbor and limit use of generators to no more than one hour at a time.
  • Dogs must be leashed or otherwise physically restrained. Do not leave pets unattended.
  • Check-out time: 12:00 pm; Check-in time: 2:00 pm - if the site is empty, campers may come in anytime.
  • Standard single site occupancy is 8, but a single family with > 8 members is acceptable.
  • Equipment with wheels (RVs, campers, cars) must fit in the parking spur.  There is not any overflow parking available.
  • Max RV size = 35 ft
  • Do not trespass on the private property adjacent to the south side of the campground.
Closest Towns: Vallecito, Bayfield, Durango.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

General Information


From Durango, CO: Travel 17 miles on Florida Road, County Road #240. Turn left onto County Road #501. After 4 miles, slight right onto Forest Road #603 for about 2.2 miles to campground entrance. Campground is located on the east side of Vallecito Reservoir.

From Bayfield, CO: Travel 14 miles north on County Road #501, then 2.2 miles northeast on Forest Road #603 to campground entrance. Campground is located on the east side of Vallecito Reservoir. 

Vallecito Reservoir Campground Area Map

General Notes:
  • Vallecito Reservoir: The reservoir is a very popular fishing spot, with anglers going after German brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, and northern pike. 
  • North Canyon Trail: This popular trail for horseback riders takes off just across the road from the campground. The trail takes you through ponderosa pine and aspen forests. A scenic overlook of Vallecito Reservoir is available on a side trail along the way.
  • East Creek Trail: This popular trail for horseback riders is reached by driving about 1/4 mile up Forest Rd. 852, northeast of the campground entrance.
  • Old Timers Picnic Area: Old Timers is on the south shore of Vallecito Reservoir, 2 miles south of Graham Creek Campground. Eleven well-shaded sites provide a cool, intimate setting on a gentle hillside near the water.
  • Nearby Forest Service Campgrounds: Middle Mountain CampgroundPine Point and North Canyon - north on Forest Road 603, east side.

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