Graham Creek is a popular campground in the San Juan NF. There are many opportunities for activities and outdoor adventures in the campground and around the area.
Graham Creek Campground has 25 sites and a rough, natural-surface boat ramp. Some campsites are shaded, while others are more open. Sites are available for larger RVs, although the entrance and exit roads are steep. Hillside sites are about 100 yards from the high-water line with a nice lakefront view. Willows separate the campground from the reservoir, but paths allow access to the shoreline. Private property adjoins the south side of the campground.
SERVICES & AMENITIES
Boat launch, drinking water, trash pickup, fire grates, picnic tables, and pit toilets.
The North Canyon Trail takes off just across the road
from the campground. It travels uphill to offer scenic vistas of the reservoir. The East Creek Trail is reached by driving about 1/4 mile up Forest Rd. 852, just northeast of the campground entrance. Both trails are popular with horseback riders. (Horses
are not allowed in the campground.)
The only commercial development on the east side of the reservoir is the resorts just north of Pine Point. They have most camper services, but gasoline is not available.
Vallecito Reservoir is a large reservoir surrounded by forested
slopes, with views of high peaks. Vallecito is 15 miles north of
Bayfield on County Road 501 (Forest Rd. 600). There are 6 USFS
campgrounds and one day-use area situated around the reservoir.
The full-service community of Vallecito is along the west side
of the reservoir; the east side is mostly undeveloped. Motorized
boating is allowed, and boats and equipment rentals are available at private marinas.
Fishing is good in the reservoir and streams that feed it. Fishing licenses and
supplies are sold at local stores. From campgrounds, you can take short walks to
scenic overlooks or long treks into the Weminuche Wilderness (only foot and stock
travel are allowed in Wilderness).
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Graham Creek is on the east side of Vallecito Reservoir, 1 mile north of Old Timers Day Use area on FS Road 603. From Bayfield: travel 14 miles north on County road 501. Turn right on FS Road 603 and continue for 3 1/2 miles to the campground entrance.