Continental Divide Trail
Silverton, CO 81433
About Vallecito Lake
Lake Vallecito produced one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States, the Colorado River Valley.
The 2,720-acre lake was created in 1941 when a dam dammed the water of Pine River Creek in Vallecito. The Office of Reprocessing was awarded the contract to build the dam, and the management of that water itself was assigned to the Pine River Irrigation District, which split it between the Colorado River Valley Water Management District (CWRMD) and the Pine Valley Irrigation District. Water was provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Colorado Department of Water Resources (DWR), and a power plant and dam generated hydropower. It offers thousands of visitors every year recreation and a variety of recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, camping and fishing.
Vallecito (Spanish for "small valley") is surrounded by the largest reservoir in the region. The campsites are divided between the lake and the San Juan National Forest that surrounds it, as well as the Pine River.
The crystal clear lake offers excellent opportunities for cold water fishing, which encourages an abundance of trout, salmon and other small and medium-sized fish. The Colorado Department of Wildlife fished the lake annually, resulting in a rich fish population. The melting of snow provides a large amount of fresh water for fishing in the spring and summer months as well as in the winter months.
Trout fishermen are often seen navigating the shallows with swimming hoses and throwing their favourite flies into their two streams. The altitude allows the lake to freeze over in winter and also allows ice fishing tournaments. Pike tournaments are held annually, as well as a large number of trout and salmon fishing events.
On the lakeside, there is very little development along the coast, as almost the entire length of 12 miles is public land. However, Lake Vallecito is far from inaccessible and there are several public boat stops around the lake. Bait, kicks and gas are also for sale, and you can rent a boat, ramp or even a private boat for $10 a day. This ensures that fishermen and boaters have everything they need for a pleasant visit and behave during their stay.
It has 961 hectares of public recreation areas managed by the US Forest Service, and two - and - a half million hectares are available in the San Juan National Forest, which has hiking and backpacker trails and trails. Lake Vallecito is a great destination for boat owners looking for a beautiful lake with plenty of water for fishing, boating and other activities.
On the shores of Lake Vallecito, the Weminuche Wilderness Area stretches for miles across the continental divide, offering breathtaking views and trails that will challenge the most experienced climbers.
It is a traffic-free area located in the San Juan National Forest, making it a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. Elk, mules, turkeys and black bears are hunted here during the season, often by hunters on horseback.
Lake Vallecito is best for drinking bees when visiting Durango, Colorado, a small town about two hours north of the lake. A number of ski resorts, as well as several hotels and restaurants, are located in the surrounding area. Most are open during the winter season, which is almost as popular as in summer, but there is no major ski resort within two hours drive. Several lodges around Lake Vallescita offer apartments to visitors, and Durango has a year-round ice rink.
No visit would be complete without a visit to Lake Vallecito, one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States. Visitors can leave with a history lesson about the little-known people who created the elaborate fortifications.
Helicopter and glider rides can be organised in Durango, and the eclectic shops and galleries are a children's museum that will delight the little ones and a great place to browse. It is also home to the Henry Strater Theatre, which produces some of the nation's live music.
Several golf courses are located in the Four Corners area, including the Vallecito Lake Golf Course and Silverton Golf Club.
The Southern Ute Indian Cultural Center also offers Indian dances at the Ignacio Heritage Night. Those who want to be pampered can enjoy a lodge in Durango or on Lake Vallecito or try their luck at Sky Utes Casino. Although not quite as big as Sturgis, he makes up for what he lacks in size and enthusiasm. The small town of Ignacio comes to life and ends with Bike Week, which includes events such as bike races, bike shows and bike festivals.
Apartments are not hard to find on Lake Vallecito, and many private apartments can be rented for less than $1,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. Several lodges are located on the lake, such as Sky Utes Casino, Sky Lake Lodge and Sky Mountain Lodge, as well as several private hotels.
Hotels with special accommodations serve major cities like Durango well, and many of the hostels are located in the Four Corners neighborhood. These properties are available in different sizes, from one to two rooms apartments, as well as a large number of one and three rooms apartments.
Lake Vallecito is a place of entertainment for visitors and a real playground for all four seasons. Enjoy the best nature has to offer, as it is home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the United States, such as Lake Tahoe and Lake Mead.