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Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Lathrop State Park is a Colorado state park located west of Walsenburg. The state purchased the property in 1962 and opened Colorado's first state park here later that same year. It is named after Harold Lathrop, the first director of state parks. The park features two lakes, Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake, that offer fishing for tiger muskie (46-inch, 25-pound examples have been caught here), rainbow trout, bass, catfish, northern pike, blue gill, saugeye, and wipers.The park also offers a beach, boating, water skiing, wind surfing, jet skiing, picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, and a nine-hole golf course.Lathrop is the only Colorado state park with its own golf course. The Walsenburg Golf Course was founded in 1965 and after two years of construction opened in 1967. It was built by 50 Walsenburg citizens and many local volunteers in a public/private partnership. The course's restaurant/lounge overlooks the lakes and the National Natural Landmark Spanish Peaks.Over 150,000 visitors passed through Lathrop State Park in the last year for which figures are available.
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  • Nice lake, swimming available, large secluded sites that accommodated 50 or so. Fire pit, bathroom facilities were very clean and easily available and accessible. 
  • We love Lathrop State Park. We stay here at least once a year for hiking, fishing and siteseeing. The campsites are spacious. There is also lots of space between campsites so you don't feel crowded in...  read more »
  • This state park was an easy 7 miles from I-25. All pullthru sites with plenty of space between them. Cement pads, gravel picnic area & Pin├Án loop has 20, 30, 50 amps. Water was available throughout th...  read more »
  • What a great place to meet up with family & friends and just unwind! The Yucca Campground for groups is awesome- there's three large tent pads, three large picnic tables near a raised cooking station and three long benches around a fire pit. There's currently a fire ban in effect, but we brought a propane fire pit and were more than happy with our "campfire". :-). There is a great paved trail all around the lake. There are events held morning and evening at the amphitheater, both for children and adults. The swim beach is perfect - shade, sand, grass, restrooms, changing rooms, a sand-washer-offer thingy and sheltered picnic tables! There is also a great smaller pond exclusively for kids 16 and under. What a blast!!!
  • The best part of the park is the beach, which has some stands of shade trees, which is invaluable on a hot summer day. The non-electric campground, though, is horribly positioned right against very busy US-160, with tractor trailers and trains barreling through all hours of the night. The vault toilets in that campground are abysmal - no actual seat, very low to the ground, and no lighting at night. The shower facilities in the w/electric campground have black widows, and were not at all clean. For the price you pay per day, the place is a rip off.
  • Loved the set up of the park. Nice picnic spots, a swim beach, easy docking and a great walking path around the lake.
  • Love it here. So much too do with Beautiful lakes, fishing golfing , hiking, picnics and just relaxing. Enjoy!
  • Clean, pretty, full hook ups would make this a 5 hands down. Paid $37 , 30 for camping and 7 for park pass. Beautiful views too. Showers were 50 cents for 4 minutes lol
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