DISTANCES & TIMES….
How far are you from Durango and how long is the drive?
Our cabins and office are 22 miles northeast of Durango on paved county roads. Drive time – about 40 minutes.
How far are you from the lake?
Our cabins are about ½ mile off the north end of the lake. The Vacation Homes vary from 1 to 2 miles away from the lake.
How long to get to the Train in Durango?
To the Train we suggest you allow a least an hour and fifteen minutes to get to town, find a parking place and walk to the depot. One suggested parking place is between MacDonald’s and U.S. 550 on West College Drive.
To Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings?
Drive time is about an hour and forty five minutes.
To Pagosa Springs?
Drive time is around an hour and ten minutes.
One should allow an hour and thirty minutes.
Since you will likely stop at scenic pull outs, allow 2 hours.
RATES & FEES….
Do you have weekly rates?
Yes we have weekly rates. See each unit description for those rates.
Do you offer off-season rates?
Yes we offer off-season rates for two or more night stays. Please contact us for details.
Do you charge for pets?
Please visit our “Pets” page. There is a pet fee of $10 per night per pet – maximum of 2 pets in any unit. Pets may be allowed in our Vacation Homes. Check with us about that.
Are there cleaning fees?
Generally there are no cleaning fees for our cabins. However a cleaning fee may apply in our cabins if your stay is less than 3 nights. Cleaning fees apply for all our Vacation Homes. Those fees vary based upon the home.
What is the tax rate?
The tax rate is 6.8% which consists of local and state sales taxes plus lodging tax.
What is provided in your cabins and homes?
Most everything you might need except personal items and grub. Please see the list on our “Cabins & Homes” page.
What should we bring?
All you really need to bring are personal items and food. Charcoal for the grill and any special item you may want or require. Here are some items you might consider bringing in addition to the normal things: insect repellent, a sweater or jacket, rain gear, umbrella.
Are your cabins/homes air conditioned?
None of our properties are air conditioned. A/C is seldom needed. The highest temps will be in the mid 80’s and only for about 5 hours. By sunset temps start dropping and will be in the 40’s or 50’s in the early morning.
How close together are your cabins/homes?
Describing close together depends on the person’s view point. Our 6 cabins are on a 2 acre lot. The Vacation Homes all have a minimum of 1 acre of land. There are other homes on adjacent properties, but are not close together like a suburban housing development. We suggest you visit our “Location” page, change to a SAT view and zoom in to see the actual position of each cabin or home.
Do any of your cabins or homes have a creek or pond?
Two of our Vacation Homes, The Ponderosa Creekside and the Rustic Lazy Time have Grimes Creek along the back property line. Grimes Creek is a small stream that children enjoy wading. The creek is not fishable. The Deer Trail home is not on a creek but it is not far off the Pine River and guests have fishing privileges on the private waters.
Are you open all year?
Not normally but sometimes we keep a few cabins open. All of our vacation homes open up in late May and close near the end of October. All of our cabins are open until January 1st, with the exception of cabin #4 which is winterized near the end of October.
What time can we check in?
Check in time is after 3:00 PM. Earlier check in might be possible – please call and we’ll see what we can do.
What is check out time?
Check out by 10:00 AM.
Can we bring our pet?
We welcome well behaved pets. Please see our “Pet” page for details.
What is the weather like?
Weather – hmmm. Our elevation and the surrounding mountains have the greatest influence on the local weather. Our elevation is just under 8,000 feet above sea level and the highest mountain peaks in this area are over 14,000 feet. Summers are generally mild to warm with afternoon thunderstorms and rain likely. Summertime highs will be between 70 and 85 with early morning lows around 50. Spring days are very pleasant, as are Autumn days. Spring an Autumn nights can get be chilly. Winters are cold of course and snow is a good possibility. January highs are usually in the 30’s while nights can get be in the teens.
Can we pitch a tent at the cabins or homes?
Pitching a tent is allowed at any of the Vacation Homes but for fun only. No extra people are allowed to overnight in a tent. Tents are not allowed at our cabins.
Can we park an RV at the homes?
RV’s can be parked at some of the homes but not for occupancy.
What is your prime season?
Our prime season is from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Contact us for off season rates.
AROUND THE LAKE….
What is there to do in your area?
Fishing, Dining, Boating, Tour of Carvings, Swimming, Hunting, Horseback Riding, ATVs, Wildlife Viewing, Sightseeing, Fall Colors, Cycling, X-Country, Sledding, and in Durango there’s the Train, Whitewater Rafting and more.
Can we swim in the lake?
It is possible to swim in Vallecito Lake but it is a cold water lake fed by snow melt. The surface water temps are fairly warm by late July.
Will we need a fishing license – where can we get one?
Anyone age 16 and older need a Colorado license. You can buy yours online at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website or locally.
Where can we fish from the bank?
The lake is public with 12 miles of shoreline and lots of access.
Can we bring a 4 wheeler, a boat?
Yes. Be sure your ATV is registered. When riding the U.S. Forest roads you might be checked. There is a public launch ramp. All boats require a free invasive species inspection. There is a marina where you can rent a slip or have your boat buoyed.
Is there a place to rent boats, ride horses, rent ATV’s, etc.?
Yes. “Contact Us” and request a local area brochure.
Is there a grocery store near the lake?
Yes there are two small markets near the north end of the lake. We suggest you make your major grocery purchases before coming to the lake.
Are there places to eat nearby?>
There are four restaurants that serve most any food you might want. There are no fast food establishments.