Did you Know?  Moose sightings, or is it Meese, is common on the east side of Vallecito Lake.

5 Branches Camper Park
4677 CR 501-A
Bayfield, CO 82211

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Opening Day Friday, 5/20/2016, Closing Day Tuesday, 9/06/16

Reservations begin 1/27/16

 In 1995, owners Bob and Jan Davis, struck by the beauty of the area, decided to make Five Branches Camper Park on Vallecito Lake their "home away from home."  Today, this 27-acre park, bordering the San Juan National Forest, includes 9 cabins, 10 river front tent sites, 2 group tent sites, 91 RV sites, and some of the most beautiful Colorado wildflowers you will ever see. The Pine River flows by and Vallecito Reservoir reflects the beautiful mountain peaks. The air is clear, the nights are cool, and the stars shine brightly at 7650' elevation!

This wilderness campground 25 miles from Durango, CO, has been sometimes referred to as "Colorado's Best Kept Secret" (though it's been a campground under 2 families for almost 40 years). Backing up to the Weminuche Wilderness, and bordered with 1800' of Lake and River frontage, wildlife can include  fish, beaver, river otter, deer, turkey, raccoons, bear, chipmunks, ground squirrels, rabbits, marmots and other mammals.  Birdlife sightings may include nesting eagles, ospreys, owls, hummingbirds, tanagers, flickers, jays, magpies, ducks, geese, warblers and more. Lake and river fishing off our grounds always produces a daily story or fish to share around the campfire. The "catch of the day" may include large rainbow and brown trout (18"-25"), kokanee salmon, and northern pike (33" +). Bass are caught on the lake, as well. Water level fluctuates each summer according to the winter snowpack and spring rainfall and runoff. Bring your camera, your fishing gear, stand-up board, canoe, or kayak and have some fun! 
Our beautiful park offers guests a variety of things to do.  Facilities include  9 park models ( 6 one-bedroom cottages, 3 one-room mini cabins) as well as RV sites and  tent sites , with some of each located along the river or lake and in the woods.  We have a camp store stocked with some of the items you may have left at home, a laundry room with coin operated washers and dryers (and  small library), a covered outdoor meeting area to gather with friends, and campfire rings on your site for a warm, glowing campfire under a starry sky! You may also enjoy taking a hike or bike ride around the lake, or fishing, swimming, tubing in cool mountain waters.      JUST RELAX and ENJOY!
We hope YOU come see why Five Branches Camper Park, on Vallecito Lake, is one of  "Colorado's Best Kept Secrets."  We can't wait to see you! 

And by the way, the park is pet friendly, so bring your furry and feathered friends along. (Maximum 2 pets permitted per site).  Please keep your dogs on a leash around camp and at your site. (Extra clean-up bags are always outside the campstore and at the fish cleaning station) 

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