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Vallecito Campground

Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 80
Reservation Contact: Local
Reservation Remarks: 80 units
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Vallecito area of the Weminuche Wilderness
Copyright: F.A. Kingwell
Vallecito area of the Weminuche Wilderness
The Vallecito Campground is one of the largest and most popular on the Forest. The campground is adjacent to Vallecito Creek and the Weminuche Wilderness. At 8,000 feet, its 80 sites in four loops are shaded by stately conifers. Most sites are large and fairly level. The few by the creek are quickly occupied.

There is limited parking for the heavily used Vallecito Creek Trail, a major access point for the wilderness, at the north end of the campground.

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

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Late May through Labor Day Weekend .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Open

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open. Host on site. Water. Cost per campsite $12.00. Updated: 2004-07-28 10:34:00.0

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Filed By: Michelle (Peaster, Texas)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at Vallito Reservoir and it was beautiful.We were able to camp right on the water. There was no electric, sewer or water hook ups for trailer, but we didn't mind at all. Our 3 kids were able to fish, swim, and hike. Ther were nonflushable toilets and pump waters available.
Conditions: The weather was nice and cool, we went the first week in July. We got a little rain but that was all.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Other Watercraft Boat rentals at Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Boat Launching Graham Creek Campground and other private launching areas around Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Sailing Vallecito Reservoir.
ICON RV Camping Vallecito Campground
ICON Trailer Camping Convenient trailer space (26' maximum)
ICON Tent Camping
ICON Camping Vallecito Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Vallecito Reservoir. Because of heavy use, fishing in Vallecito Creek within the Wilderness is restricted to artificial flies and lures.
ICON Hiking & Walking Roads and trails around Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Horseback Riding Stable at Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Resort Lodging Resorts located around Vallecito Reservoir.
ICON Recreation Cabin Use Cabins for rent around Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Mountain Biking Roads and trails (Except Wilderness) around Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Canoeing Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Picnicking
ICON Viewing Scenery

Related Activities
Lake Eileen Trail - The trail lies within 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.

Squirrel Picnic Ground - Paved road to entrance of campground. Stores and service stations offering picnicking and other supplies nearby.

Vallecito Area (Middle Mountain) Snowmobiling Area - This trail follows Forest Road 724 to the top of Middle Mountain, about 11 miles, climbing 10,800 feet. Near the top of Middle Mountain there are numerous points to stop and view surrounding high mountain peaks.

Vallecito Trailhead - There is limited parking for the heavily used Vallecito Creek Trail, a major access point for the wilderness, at the north end of the campground.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Silverton Area Chamber Of Commerce, 414 Greene Street, P.O. Box 565 , Silverton, CO, 81433, Phone: 800-752-4494, Fax: 970-387-0282, chamber@frontier.net


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