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Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg

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#103 of 143 in Nature in Colorado
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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  • Stopped here to get hunting license. The lady went out of her way to explain the process and to assist us. We toured the museum and gift area. Beautiful area.  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting this state park at the end of our drive on highway 160 east, before heading up to Pueblo, CO. The visitor center is very welcoming and the restrooms are clean. Beautiful scenery ab...  more »
  • A small but nice park with a variety of hiking trails. Electric sites ($24) and also a tent area which is more rugged. You also have to pay a $7 entrance fee. If you come after hours you can pay at th...  more »
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  • Great camping sights! Clean bathrooms and grounds. Beautiful views, easy access. They sell worms and ice on the premises, easy to load boat docks, nice beaches barbecue access. The Rangers are all very helpful and nice.
  • Well developed paved pull through sites. The first photo was taken from the back door of camper. Other photo was from ridge in park called the Hog Back. Sites are organized in a circular fashion instead of crowded in side by side. Restroom (no shower) was stocked and clean. I recommend this campground.
  • Nice place to go fishing, camping, biking, walking, golfing,picnic and swimming. Also has a beautiful view of the huajatollas mountains.
  • This is our favorite campground!! Good fishing! Great campsites that aren't too close too each other. Swimming spot in the summer!!
  • Good park. Desert like, offering paved drive. The beach needed better upkeep (raking) and folks to pick up after themselves. Friendly park employees. They offer ice, firewood and showers, cash only.

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