Destination guide

A gateway to Four Corners

Set high in Southwest Colorado, Vallecito Lake provides an ideal base for exploring the legendary Four Corners region. Venture into the backcountry and you'll find a wonderland of shimmering lakes, snow-capped mountains and lush forests. The shoreline is dotted with stunning Vallecito Lake vacation rentals that make it easy to relax on the deck with a good book and freshly-brewed coffee. Whether you're craving more caffeine or need to pick up supplies, Durango is just 30 minutes away. The characterful Colorado mining town is brimming with trendy cafes, local boutiques, organic restaurants, craft breweries and colorful farmers markets.


Connect with nature in Vallecito Lake

Vallecito Lake serves up a slew of recreational activities, from boating and kayaking to fishing and swimming. Not to mention hiking in the San Juan National Forest, wildlife watching in the Weminuche Wilderness Area and horseback riding in the mountains. Things don't slow down in the winter, with the chance to cross-country ski, snowmobile, ice fish, sleigh ride and more. Planning a family getaway to Colorado? From luxury lodges to lakeside cabins, Vallecito Lake vacation rentals are big enough to house the whole family.


Snow-dusted winters in Vallecito Lake

Summer is high season in Colorado, when Vallecito Lake is flooded with locals and vacationers alike. The days are long and sunny, which makes it a great time to boat, fish or explore the backcountry. Fall can be a beautiful time to visit, when the San Juan National Forest explodes in a sea of reds, yellows and golds. While winter in Vallecito Lake can get snowy, it's a great time to cozy up by the fireplace with a board game and a bottle of wine.

Natural features

Welcome to the Little Valley

In Spanish the name Vallecito translates to Little Valley. This is a nod to its location in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. The lake is considered to be one of Colorado's most beautiful bodies of water, with 12 miles of shoreline to explore. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and elk roaming the woodland. Remember, San Juan is bear country so, if you're hiking, make plenty of noise and keep dogs leashed. Vallecito Lake is brimming with salmon, northern pike and rainbow trout. Don't forget to obtain a valid license before you cast a line.

Where to stay around Vallecito Lake, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 530 vacation rentals near Vallecito Lake. From 67 Cabins to 185 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vallecito Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Vallecito Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vallecito Lake. From VRBO travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Durango: 701 vacation rentals
  • Pagosa Springs: 679 vacation rentals
  • Purgatory Resort: 172 vacation rentals
  • Silverton: 1,548 vacation rentals
  • Creede: 185 vacation rentals

And VRBO offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Vallecito Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Vallecito Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vallecito Lake:

  • Durango: 701 rentals
  • Pagosa Springs: 679 rentals
  • Silverton: 1,548 rentals
  • Creede: 185 rentals
  • Hermosa: 527 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.