This sprawling campground is the largest in San Juan National Forest, with 80 campsites, located three miles north of Vallecito Reservoir and adjacent to Colorado’s largest wilderness, the Weminuche. Sites are spread out among four shaded loops, and most are shaded and fairly level. There are 33 sites that can be reserved—the rest are first-come, first-served. Three even have electric hookups. There are bathrooms, drinking water and trash pickup, with a $19 per-night fee. Fishing and hiking are the main activities. Vallecito Creek offers great trout fishing, but because of its popularity anglers are restricted to artificial flies and lures. Hikers have many options, from short excursions into the edges of the Weminuche to multi-day adventures in Colorado’s wildest corner.
Recommended season(s): Memorial Day – Labor Day.
—R. Scott Rappold