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Vallecito Campground

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General Description

Fishing usage is heavy on the lower portion and moderate on the upper portion.
Fish include Brook, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee Salmon. From the inlet of Vallecito Reservoir upstream, snagging of Kokanee Salmon is prohibited except from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31. From the Weminuche Wilderness Boundary (fence at the north end of the campground) to the headwaters, fishing by artificial flies and lures only.

Most of the creek is located in the Weminuche Wilderness which is accessible only by foot and horseback. 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. Parking is available in the trailhead parking area or picnic area. Parking in the trailhead parking area, horse unloading area and Squirrel day use area is free of charge; however, the camping fee is required any time a campsite is occupied.

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. Stores in the area have fishing license, tackle and other supplies. Service stations, restaurants and other lodging available nearby.

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: Mick
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toughest part Keeping the Rackoons off the beer. Only one campsite open due to recent fires.
Conditions: Campsite excellent fish great no probs at all.
Water Availability: Enough drinking water and facilites
Recommended Clothing: We have tried alsorts to keep mozzies at bay the solution is "Skin so Soft" smells nice keeps skin moisturised and keeps the mozzies at bay. This is a cheaper and more superior method than the standard creams and sprays available normally.
Suggested Accessories: Head lamps, torches, plenty of wet wipes,bucket and ice for beer. Oh and in our case a couple of tents.

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 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:

Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884, durango@frontier.net


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