About Bayfield and Lake Vallecito

Bayfield is a charming and friendly town just 18 miles east of Durango. Bayfield serves as a supply town and social center for the surrounding farmers and ranchers and has grown to 1,800 residents.

The town is a mix of the old and the new west and is nestled in the beautiful Pine River Valley. It is situated downstream from Vallecito Lake on the bank of the Pine River.

Lake Vallecito has more than 2,700 acres of surface water and 22 miles of shoreline. Vallecito is a great location for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Bayfield Chamber of Commerce: (970) 884-7372

Vallecito Lake Chamber of Commerce: (970) 247-1573


Elevation: 6,900 feet
Population: 1,963
Midsummer Temperatures: 79/52
Location: 18 miles from Durango