AROUND Meadowlark ranch
Vallecito offers outdoor activities including but not limited to hiking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, ATV riding, and more. If it is done outdoors, chances are you can find it here. Visiting Vallecito gives your family and your friends time away from the fast pace life many of us have. It is a place to enjoy, strengthen relationships and develop lasting memories. We ourselves have experienced this first hand. The great outdoors has a way of bringing people together.
If you choose to venture out, there are daily excursion options to the historic town of Durango, taking a ride on the narrow gauge train, white water rafting, visiting Mesa Verde National Park, visiting the Four Corners, and more!
Horseback riding is a great way to see the San Juan and the Weminuche Wilderness. The rides are spectacular with amazing views. For more information, search on Google “Horseback riding at Vallecito Lake Colorado.”
The Lake Trail — easy
Tuckerville Trail — easy
Breakfast Trail — easy
Creek Trail — easy to moderate
Pine River Trail — easy to moderate
North Canyon, East Creek & Graham Creek Trails — moderate
Lake Eileen Trail — difficult
Cave Basin Trail — most difficult (map skills suggested)
The breakfast trail can be accessed from the Meadowlark property. All others are close by. Trails accessability is better June thru October. Drink plenty of water, eat light, and bring a first aid kit.
Vallecito is located near the San Juan and Weminuche Wilderness. Elk, mule deer, black bear and turkey are some of the wildlife living in this vast Wilderness. If you are a hunter and looking to come to our area, visit the sites below and do your homeowrk.
San Juan National Forest Services website:
Colorado hunting information and regulations:
Colorado hunting license:
There are options for boating. You can bring your own boat or you can rent a boat from the marina. If you bring your own boat you can either rent a slip or a buoy. Guests at Meadowlark can park their boat trailer in our parking lot. If you wish to rent a boat you can rent a 16 foot fishing boat or a pontoon boat. Boats are rented by hour, half day or full day. If you are interested in boat rentals visit: https://vcsa-co.org/rentals
Vallecito Lake is a fee area. You will need a fishing lincense, which can be purchased at the local country store or on line at: http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/Fishing.aspx
The lake has good fishing for rainbow, brown trout and northern pike. Browns are year round and best time for pike is mid-may to mid-june.
This area also offers a true wildness fishing adventure. Throw on a backpack with your fly rod and head over to the The Pine River Trail on the east side of the lake. The first three miles of the trail are on private land so be sure to stay on the trail and doe not fish in this area until you reach the national forest boundry. After reaching this point to the continental divide there are 50 miles of steam. During fall kokanee salmon are in season.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
You can find delicious restaurants in the Vallecito area to have a drink and a meal while sitting outside among the pine trees or in front of a fireplace. Most of the restaurants here in Vallecito are family owned.
There are also bars in the area which often have live music and food and drink specials.
If you prefer to have meals at the cabin or tiny home, there are markets in the area as well as a liquor store.
19785 CR 501
Bayfield, CO 81122