Vallecito Reservoir

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Vallecito Reservoir


(970) 385-6577

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Things To Do


Vallecito Dam and Reservoir was completed in 1941 and is the principle feature of the Pine River Project in southwest Colorado. Sheltered in a secluded mountain valley at about 8,000 feet above sea level, the Reservoir is one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in Colorado. The reservoir is located on the Pine River in the San Juan National Forest, about 18 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado, the reservoir has a maximum surface area of 2,720 acres and an additional 961 acres of lands are available for recreation. Recreation management at Vallecito (excluding campgrounds) was transferred to the Pine River Irrigation District under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation. Campgrounds at the reservoir are administered by the U.S. Forest Service, San Juan National Forest. Popular activities at the reservoir and in the surrounding area include fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, horseback riding, and many others!

Map of Vallecito Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 37.390073, -107.551003



  • Boating

    All types of boating from fishing to recreational boating take place on the reservoir.

  • Bicycling

    Many Forest Service trails in the area are designated multi-use for mountain biking.

  • Camping

    The U.S. Forest servive runs many campgrounds near and around the reservoir.

  • Fishing

    The reservoir offers a good opportunity to fish in late spring, when the rivers in the area are high with runoff.

  • Hiking

    Hundreds of miles of trails in the National Forests surround the reservoir for exciting day hikes or backpacking trips.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are numerous outfitters near the Reservoir for horseback riding trips.

  • Hunting

    The area around Vallecito in the National Forest is a top place for hunting elk, mule deer, turkey and bear.

  • Picnicking

    Day-use areas and campgrounds near Vallecito provide many opportunities for picnicking.

  • RVing

    Campgrounds near Vallecito have sites and hook-ups available for RV's.

  • Water Sports

    Popular water sports include jet skiing, water skiing, and pontooning around the reservoir.

  • Winter Sports

    Opportunities are available.


The reservoir is open year-round for many recreational activities



Directions: Take County Road 240 north from Durango to the intersection of County Road 501, a distance of about 14 miles. Turn left and take County Road 501 north to Vallecito Reservoir, a distance of about 4 miles.


Durango, Colorado is the closest airport.

Phone Numbers


(970) 385-6577