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Vallecito Creek Trail is a 12.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bayfield, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.7 mi Elevation gain 1,587 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Rocky

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Trailhead is in the parking lot just outside the campgrounds. The trail travels around the campground and starts again. The trail is well marked with a small elevation gain. It follows right along the river allowing you access to the water.

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Reviews (321)
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Angel Lazcano
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HikingRocky

The trail is fantastic overall. A lot of places to stop and get water or soak up your feet. You get better pictures on your way back from the bridge. Now about the bridge... it’s NOT worth it.. the way leading to it and back had better views.

David Marienthal
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Hiking

Beautiful day hike. Beginning was kind of crowded but thinned our after.bridge. Definitely worth finishing the whole thing.

Ben Griscom
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Hiking

Good hike! Just a moderate pitch to start and then melllows out. The first incline is exposed on cliff faces and was a little hot. There is a great river stop at about 2 miles in. I would like to go further next time.

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Monica Johnson
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Hiking

I’m a Colorado resident and this is one of my all time favorite trails. Goes through woods, up on cliffs, down to the river. Gorgeous views, plenty of scenic places to stop. Great trail for dogs. It can be populated on the weekends. Try a weekday!

Jill Moore
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Hiking

One of the best trails I’ve been on in Colorado! Beautiful views, waterfalls and great swimming pools.

Robert Green
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Hiking

Not sure you could ask for much more in a trail! The locals call it Twin Bridges because of the two bridges that are together at 3.5 miles. We went to the bridges and back so we did a nice 7 mile out and back. Shade 75% of the time. You are by the river 60% of the time with several really good places to stop and enjoy a lunch sitting on rocks in the river. We arrived 9am on a Monday in July and the lot was almost full. Bathroom at the trailhead. Would do it again!

Ted Shinkle
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Hiking

This is an excellent trail with a good amount of shade, plenty of flowers and pretty views of the creek. I highly recommend it.

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Brent Abilez
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HikingRocky

My wife made and you can too! Challenging yet satisfying.

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Craig Plummer
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Head out early as lot fills up by 9. We only hiked to the bridge this trip which was at the 3.6 mile point for a nice 7.2 mile hike. Great views, not overly challenging but it will keep your heart pumping. You can hear the stream most of the hike and can see it after about 1.5 miles in. From there you will have awesome views of the stream and the valley throughout. A great way to spend a morning and I plan to do the entire hike next time in town.

Jacob Lehman
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Hiking

Great. Moderate traffic when I went a couple years ago in July. Lots of variety and great views of the creek and surrounding mountains. Would definitely hike again!

Cash Durham
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HikingRocky

This is a special trail. But because it’s so special it gets crowded. On a summer weekend it’s not unusual to find the small parking lot full by 10 in the morning. So go early. Also, as many people note, this is not a creek side walk. The first couple miles runs mainly high above the creek. You can only hear it. But once you do get close to it, well...there’s a reason this is one of the most popular hikes in the area.

Ryan Smith
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Hiking

Great trail! Hikes off the creek for about two miles and then drops down for some great creek side hiking.

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Jaye Wagner
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HikingBugsRocky

Our favorite hike as Durango locals. The bugs were out today while we were there 2pm-4pm but the trail was clean and the views were as beautiful as always

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Dan Bartholme
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HikingBugs

Dry, Rocky, Beautiful

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Dayle R.
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Bugs

Nice trial. Agree about the mosquitoes at the beginning, otherwise beautiful views, well maintained, water was impressively clear.

Len LaVoy
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Hiking

Best trail in the area. Great views of the river.

Ty Weber
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HikingRocky
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Mark Christensen
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HikingBugs

Lots of mosquitoes in the morning! Otherwise nice trail.

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Rocker Dar
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HikingBugsRocky

This is a beautiful trail, but note the elevation gain. We 'missed' that part when we decided to do the hike. It is a gentle climb throughout, so not terribly strenuous. You will be way above the river for most of the hike, with very few ways to get down to it, so be sure to take adequate water for your dog(s). The mosquitoes were horrible by the campground and the beginning of the trail, but as you increased elevation they vanished. We got to the trailhead at 9 am, and are glad we did as it got quite hot. We took the 'horse' trail on the way back down and enjoyed doing that. By 1 pm the parking lot was packed.

Alana Watts
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Hiking

Definitely was badass walking up in the mountains where my people were already walking long ago! Would definitely do it again just need that bug spray lol

Jack Kaiser
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HikingBugsRocky
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Christina Schaefer
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Hiking

Hiked 4-miles in (8-mile roundtrip), until we reached the river crossing. Lots of shade cover throughout which I loved! The water runs alongside the trail the entire time. Not a difficult hike, great day hike with the pooch.

Jaye Wagner
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HikingRocky

Great trail with excellent views. Very well maintained. Beware people hiking with kayaks, but it’s super cool to see them kayak down the river!

Ricky Martini
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HikingBugs

Went to the bridge - 4 miles in. Had to cross a stream right before the bridge. Trail is in great shape. Pretty busy day out there. Mosquitos are hungry.

Randy Rowland
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HikingFloodedIcy

Started at 6:45am and it was 30 degrees. Great hike but several challenges along the way. There is a creek that enters from the left before the first bridge that we had to find a way over. There is a log near the trail but it was covered with ice so we went father upstream and found a place to jump across. Once over the bridge we went about another mile and had to cross another raging creek coming in from the right. Again there was a log close to the trail but it was also ice covered. We went upstream and found a high log we could traverse, however it was a steep descent on the other side to get back to the trail. Another mile up we ran into a third creek coming in from the right but due to the ice we were unable to find a way across and turned back. We were about a mile from the second bridge. I think as it warms up you can get to the second bridge. All the crossings were easier going back as it had warmed up. Overall a great hike with great scenery and Vallecito Creek was flowing hard and magnificent :)

Taylor Ardis
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HikingRocky
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