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Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg

#100 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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57 reviews
  • August 15, 2017
    Stayed at campground and did some Glamping. Would recommend and return here. Clean and well maintained. The fishing was good as well. Wasn't too impressed with the ampi theatre. The lakes are all good...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We enjoyed the fishing and amazing sunsets. The campsites are clean and have electrical hookups. There's water and a dump station. We love that it's easy to get to from Denver and it is a perfect plac...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Nice hiking trail right behind our campsite. Showers and bathroom facility were clean. Bring quarters for the shower.  more »
  • June 18, 2017
    So many memories here. Been coming my whole life. I wish the park office personal were a tad more helpful and polite, but hey can't win them all for such a beautiful place. Great fishing. Shaded areas.
  • March 21, 2017
    Great Park overall. Short distance from I-25 (5.7 miles). The scenery surrounding this park is fantastic and great trails around the lake to enjoy all of them. Bathroom facilities were clean, water is available at this park as well. The site we stayed at was large enough for the four of us that slept there (under the stars) with plenty of room for a tent and one vehicle. There are a number of shelters to help get out of the suns path in the afternoon. I believe it was ~$7 per night to stay here. I most certainly would stay here again.
  • July 8, 2017
    very friendly staff great place to camp and swim showers are hot with double heads (bring quarters the change machine may not be working) restrooms on the rv and electric side are clean and great, the restrooms on the tent / primitive side are clean no showers and lord help you if the wind blows that smell back at you while your using it!!!!! in this day and age no one has came up with some sort of trap door to block off that sheeeesh oh mighty smell, just preparing you, they are clean and gets the job done but WOW i was having flashbacks of Mogadishu and the latrine pits with lime!!!
  • June 15, 2017
    Staff was incredibly helpful. Easy pull through sites with water and electric. Clean bathroom and shower. Absolutely amazing views, my only regret is that we did not stay longer.
  • July 2, 2017
    Breath taking views, clean, friendly, and so many options for things to do. Even caught a presentation about Big foot at the amphitheatre! Definitely recommend this place to everyone i know and we decided our next vacation will be all state parks!

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