Vallecito Creek Trail HikingTrail Running

Trail Length
18.2 miles
Distance from Durango
29 miles
3920 ft
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Vallecito Creek Trail

Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

29 Miles


3920 Feet



Trail Length

18.2 Miles

Part of the Vallecito, Colorado area.

Vallecito Creek Trail: Easy to Moderate. A stunning day hike, or a great four-to-five day backpack trip. The trail begins in the Vallecito campground; from the west side of Vallecito, on CR 501, pass through the community of Vallecito, and turn north on CR 500 and drive about three miles to the campground/parking area. The trail follows the rapid flowing Vallecito Creek which tumbles down a narrow glacial valley; the creek is among the loveliest in the West. In the first two miles, you will rise more than 500 ft. above the creek with fantastic vistas, then the trail drops down right beside the creek. There are many side trails that lead to beautiful pools, great for fishing or relaxing. The first foot bridge, at three miles, is a great day hike. The alpine meadows are full of blooming wildflowers in late July and August. In the spring, the creek is a committed Class V+ whitewater run for experts only. In the winter, the trail becomes a popular snowshoeing trail.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.555907, -107.519503

Where's the Trailhead?


Vallecito Creek Trailhead & Campground

From 9th Street & Main Avenue in Durango, head north on Main Avenue (Highway 550). Turn right on 32nd Street (CR 251) and continue. Take another right onto CR 250, and then a left at the light onto Florida Road (CR 240). Continue on CR 240 for 11.8 miles, then turn right to stay on CR 240 for 2.8 more miles. Turn left onto CR 501, and continue for 9.7 miles. Turn left onto CR 500 then turn left where the Vallecito Creek Trailhead will be on your right.


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