Vallecito Lake Colorado – Lone Wolf Lodge

– Vallecito – a Hispanic word meaning ‘Little Valley’
Pronunciation; vi-yeh-SEE-toe

LODGE LOCATION: Lone Wolf Lodge is less than one mile from the north shoreline of Vallecito Lake about 22 miles northeast of Durango in the Pine River Valley.
PUBLIC LANDS: The lake is surrounded by the beautiful San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness area, over 2.5 million acres of public land.

THE FOUR CORNERS: This area is commonly known as the Four Corners – where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet.

TOWNS: Area towns are Durango, Bayfield, Cortez, Pagosa Springs and Silverton. Aztec and Farmington, New Mexico are about an hour away.

AIRPORTS: La Plata county airport serves the Durango area and has connections to Denver, Phoenix and Albuquerque. Farmington’s airport serves the southern Four Corners area with flights to the same destinations. Rental vehicles are available at both.

WEATHER: Summertime temperatures can be as high as 85º with nighttime lows into the 40’s. Fall and Spring temps can range from the 70’s to the 30’s. Wintertime temperatures range from daytime highs in the 40’s to nighttime lows in the teens to zero and sometimes lower. Generally the sun is shining but when a summer time cloud rolls in the temps can drop significantly. If any outdoor activity is planned a jacket or sweater should be available, even during July and August

TERRAIN: The elevation of Vallecito lake is about 8,000 feet above sea level. The highest mountain peaks in the area reach above 13,000 feet. The surrounding mountains offer plenty of terrain variations to suit most any outdoors person.

WILDLIFE – Small: Small critters are everywhere and during a mountain hike one might encounter chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and if lucky you might spot a marmot, badger or bobcat.

WILDLIFE – Large: Larger animals in the area include; mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and within 50 miles one could see antelope or desert bighorn sheep. One of our favorite evening pastimes is to drive the back roads viewing the mule deer and elk.

OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS: Too many to name but regulars in the area are bald eagles, osprey, robins, ravens, crows, different hummingbird species, waterfowl, grouse and more.

FISH: Vallecito Lake is home to trout; rainbow and German brown, Kokanee salmon and northern pike. Large specimens of all types were caught in 2004. The local streams and rivers are inhabited by cutthroat, rainbow, brook and some brown trout. The San Juan river, just one hour south, has thousands of trophy rainbows, cutthroat, browns and cuttbows (a rainbow and cutthroat cross) per mile. The upper part of the San Juan tailwater fishery is fly and lure fishing only with a daily limit of 1 fish over 20 inches.



  1. Laura Said:

    Hi, I’m planning to visit Lake Vallecito 8/7 thru 8/9 and looking for a place to stay. I understand there are cabins available and wanted to know if there is a restaurant nearby if we don’t feel like cooking.

    Also, what hotel accomodations are nearest the Lake that are reasonalbe rates?

    Thanks, Laura

  2. Marian Said:

    You can find a list of accommodations for all of Colorado including Vallecito Lake area at

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