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Head to Vallecito Lake, a Durango Colorado Vacation Destination

“Lake of the Little Valley”

Just 22 miles Northeast of Durango, Vallecito Lake is nestled in a secluded valley 8,000 feet above sea level. This mountain retreat is one of the largest lakes in Colorado and offers an array of family activities all year long, making it both a local favorite and a world-class attraction!

  • From spring through fall, take advantage of the warm weather and plan outdoor adventures like Durango rafting, horseback riding, hunting, hiking, and backpacking. You can also enjoy water sports, fishing and boating, and Vallecito Lake plays host to full calendar of special events.
  • Once winter sets in, explore the snowy wonderland on cross-country skies or snowshoes. Then, relax beside a warm fire at a Durango ski resort while the world melts away.
  • In any season, a scenic drive around Vallecito Lake is a must – along with a tour of the tree carvings created by a local artist in memorial of the Missionary Ridge Fire of 2002.
  • Durango accommodations at Vallecito Lake range from laid-back Durango campgrounds to living it up at a luxury resort.  Full service RV parks, authentic Colorado ranches, and rustic cabins are also available. Reservations are recommended. Call us toll-free anytime at 800-525-8855.

Durango Area Tourism Office | 802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-3500
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