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Lifestyle and Attractions

The main draw of Vallecito Lake is its juxtaposition of serene peace with close proximity to a vibrant mountain town – Durango, CO. We’re sharing just a few of our favorite cultural activites in this post. It goes without saying that the restaurant scene in Durango rivals that of any community anywhere.

Music in the Mountains
1063 Main Ave., Durango, CO

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde was established in 1906 and has been designated a Work Cultural Heritage Site by the United Nations. The Park is home to ancient dwellings built by Ancestral Puebloan Indians around 600 A.D.

Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Dr.
Durango, CO
Fort Lewis, the “Campus in the Sky”, is a four year undergraduate college perched on a scenic hilltop overlooking Durango. Boasting top notch professors from around the country, relatively small class sizes and a location that offers its students proximity to outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and skiing, it is truly a student’s paradise.

Skiing and Snowboarding
For over forty years, Purgatory has been offering limitless fun on its terraced slopes for skiers of all ability levels. With more than 260 inches of average powder each year (not to mention 300+ days of sunshine), there are plenty of opportunity to enjoy and explore the resort. For the more adventurous, the area offers the largest backcountry snowcat operation in the lower 48 states.
#1 Skier Place
Durango, CO


Mountain Biking/Cycling
No matter your ability level, La Plata County is a mountain biker’s dream. With endless scenic mountain trails and idyllic weather, mountain bikers can ride daily and never see all the beauty the area has to offer. For those who take the sport seriously, Durango is home to several world class events, such as the World Cup of Mountain Biking and the National Off Road Bike Association Finals. Want to test your cycling limits? Try the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, which has been around for over 45 years.

No matter what kind of fishing you enjoy, Vallecito has endless opportunities to catch trout, pike, and Kokanee Salmon. Lucky residents know that the Vallecito River offers top notch fly fishing, with a side of unparalleled beauty. For those that enjoy lake fishing, Vallecito has that covered as well. Fish from your own boat, rent one from the marina, or simply cast off from the shores of the lake. True enthusiasts will appreciate Vallecito’s annual ice fishing tournament, which has one of the largest prize payouts in the West. No matter how you go about it, the venue won’t disappoint.


Vallecito is a hunter’s paradise. Whether you are interested in Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Turkeys or even Mountain Lions, wildlife is abundant. Contact the state for more information regarding seasons, species and licensing requirements.