Great fishing, mountain views, hiking, wildlife viewing, and very peaseful. Says Kent Wilson
This lake is so wonderful. There's good hiking along the Deer Park Trail. After a long day outdoors Purgatory Lodge by Durango Mountain Resorts is a wonderful site to spend a night or two. The nearby grade V+, 1-mile-from-beginning-to-end 1 mile above Vallecito Campground section of whitewater on Vallecito Creek is lots of fun. The novices should most likely stay
away from this section of Vallecito Creek. Whitewater rapids are treacherous occurrences, so you should check the latest conditions ahead of going.