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 bring 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 theWeminuche Wilderness. The rides are spectacular with amazing views. There are sevearl trail rides to choose from:
If you are interested in a trail ride please let us know upon booking and we can set it up for you.
There are sevearal U. S. Forest hiking trails in the area. The hiking trails range from easy to difficult. Below are the hiking trails listed by difficulty.
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:
Guide services are also available.
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 bouy. 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 a boat rental please let our staff know upon booking.
Vallecito Lake is a fee area. If you are parking along side the lake you will need a permit which you can purchase for $3.00. You will also 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 fishig 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. Date are:
Vallectio Creek (from Weminuche Wilderness down to the road 501 bridge) – Nov 15 to Dec 31
Grimes Creek (from water line of Vallecito Resevoir upstream) – Nov 15 to Dec 31
Guided trips are also available.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
You can find delicious restaurants in the Vallecito area. From Costa Rican over looking Lake Vallecito to Mexican sitting outside among the pine trees to local fare in a rustic setting or infront of a fireplace. Most of the restaurants 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 a cookout at your cabin there is a markets in the area as well as a liquor store.
19737 CR 501
Bayfield, CO 81122