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Community and Government Services

Situated 25 miles northeast of Durango, CO, Vallecito Lake is in close proximity to many community services. Our mountain lake community is not a municipality and, as such, falls under the purview of La Plata County. Law enforcement is provided by the La Plata County Sherriff’s Office. Fire and rescue services come from the Upper Pine Fire District, and we send our kids to the Bayfield School System. There are also many local non-profits serving the Vallecito Lake area.

VALLECITO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Vallecito Lake Chamber of Commerce
(970) 247-1573
http://vallecitolakechamber.com/contact

Vallecito Conservation and Sporting Association
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vallecitosportingclub/

Vallecito Community Event Center
(970) 749-1368
https://www.facebook.com/VallecitoCommunityEventCenter/

GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY SERVICES

La Plata County
1101 E. 2nd Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
970-352-6200
http://co.laplata.co.us/government/contact_us

La Plata County Sherriff’s Office
742 Turner Drive
Durango, CO 81303
(970) 247-1157
http://lpcso.org/

Upper Pine River Fire Protection District
515 Sower Drive
Bayfield, CO 81122
(970) 884-9508
http://upperpinefpd.org/

Bayfield Town Hall
1199 Bayfield Parkway
970-884-9544
Fax: 970-884-2195
https://www.colorado.gov/townofbayfield

Bayfield Marshall’s Office
1199 Bayfield Parkway
970-884-9636
Fax: 970-884-6053
https://www.bayfieldmarshalsoffice.com/

Pine River Public Library
395 Bayfield Center Dr
(970) 884-2222
http://www.prlibrary.org/

City of Durango
949 E 2nd Ave., Durango, CO
970-375-5000
https://www.durangogov.org/

Durango Public Library
1188 E 2nd Ave., Durango, Co
970-375-3380
http://www.durangopubliclibrary.org/

Mercy Regional Medical Center
1010 Three Springs Blvd., Durango, CO
800-345-2516
http://www.mercydurango.org/MDU/Home/

La Plata County School District
9-R Administration
201 E. 12the St. Durango, CO
970-247-5411
http://www.durangoschools.org/

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Vallecito Facts

Vallecito Lake has been home to many groups of people over the years. Native American groups such as the Utes were known to be here as far back as the inhabitants of Mesa Verde. The Spanish sent their conquistadors through as well. Not until the mid 1800s did other settlers move into the Valley. One may pick up a copy of “Vallecito Country, published in 2003 by Dottie Warlick, to learn more about the nomadic tribes, Europeans searching for gold, and the homesteaders moving west searching for a livelihood.

  • Vallecito is located in Southwestern Colorado, approximately 18 miles northeast of Durango
  • Vallecito, pronounced “Vay-uh-see-toe”, is spanish for “Little Valley”
  • The Vallecito Dam was built between 1938-1941, and boasts 12 miles of shoreline
  • Vallecito is 8000+ feet in elevation
  • Vallecito’s has winter average temperatures that range from highs in the 80s to lows in the 50s. Winter temperatures range between highs in the 40s and lows in the 10s
  • There are approximately 500 year-round residents
  • Vallecito borders 2.5 million acres of public land on all sides, specifically the San Juan National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness Area.
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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
970-385-6820
http://www.musicinthemountains.com

Mesa Verde National Park
970-529-4465
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
877-352-2656
https://www.fortlewis.edu/
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
970-247-9000

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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.

Fishing
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.

 

Hunting
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.
http://wildlife.state.co/us/

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Local Lenders

For your convenience, here is a list of local lenders to contact if you’re looking to secure financing for your real estate transaction. Please feel free to contact our office directly if you have any questions or ideas on how you’d like to structure a deal.

Community Banks of Colorado
1701 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-0212

Community Banks of Colorado
301 Commerce Dr
Bayfield, CO 81122
(970) 884-9583

Community Banks of Colorado
1701 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-0212

Wells Fargo Bank
200 W College Dr
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-3242

First National Bank of Durango
259 W 9th St
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-3020

First National Bank of Durango
1155 S Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81303

(970) 247-3020

First National Bank
351 Bayfield Center Dr
Bayfield, CO 81122
(970) 884-5300

Alpine Bank
1099 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 375-7689

Alpine Bank
175 Mercado St #119
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 426-7166

Bank of Colorado
3130 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-5151

Bank of Colorado
902 E 2nd Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-5151

Bank of Colorado
1199 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-5151

Bank of the San Juans
144 E 8th St
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-1818

Four Corners Community Bank
2685 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-0457

Vectra Bank – Durango Downtown Branch
890 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-4183

American AgCredit
850 E 2nd Ave
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-1540