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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.

Pro Tips

  • For those planning to spend time fishing and boating in Vallecito Reservoir, there are several campgrounds closer to its shores that may be a better option.
  • Hikers have two close options: The Vallecito Trail runs 13 miles into the heart of the wilderness, into a deep canyon surrounded by jagged peaks. The Lake Eileen Trail is a shorter option, passing through aspen forests to a small lake brimming with water lilies.
  • Trails in the wilderness are open to foot and horseback travel only; no mountain bikes, dirt bikes or ATVs permitted.
  • Recommended season(s): Memorial Day – Labor Day.

    —R. Scott Rappold


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