Vallecito Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

The Vallecito Campground is large, very popular, and next to the Weminuche Wilderness. Its has 80 shaded campsites in four loops with most sites being large and fairly level. Those near the creek fill up quickly. There are 33 reservable sites, 3 with electricity, and 47 non-reservable sites.

Services include water, trash pickup, fire grates, picnic tables, and pit toilets. Bear-safe food storage is recommended.

This campground provides limted services from late September through October.

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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check out our Campground Status for up-to-date information.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. 
Fees Standard: $24
Premium: $25
Electric Hookup: $32
Open Season: May - October (limited services Sept-Oct)
Restrictions:
  • 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 = 45 ft
Closest Towns: Vallecito, Bayfield, Durango
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (8)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From Durango, CO: Travel 17 miles on Florida Road, County Road #240. Turn left onto County Road #501 for approximately 9.5 miles through the community of Vallecito. Turn left onto County Road 500 and head approximately 3 miles to campground entrance.

From Bayfield, CO: Take County Road 501 approximately 20 miles through the community of Vallecito. Turn left onto County Road 500 and head approximately 3 miles to campground entrance..

Vallecito Campground area map


General Notes:
  • Vallecito Trail: Located at the campground entrance, this trail is a major access point for the Weminuche Wilderness (no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles allowed). Hitching posts and an unloading dock are available for livestock at the trailhead, but overnight horse camping is not allowed.
  • Vallecito Reservoir: Excellent fishing and boating opportunities. 
  • 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.
  • Fishing Vallecito Creek within the Wilderness:  Because of heavy use, fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.4776

  Longitude : 
-107.5466

  Elevation : 
7900

 



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