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Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg
(4.3/5 based on 45 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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  • Just outside Walsenburg, you have your choice of two lakes, lots of fishing and even golf. Great hiking and golf at a ridiculously low price. Always something new as 87% of the area residents use the ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • I was headed from Colorado Springs, CO to Amarillo, TX when I noticed this place on my gps screen. It was only a few miles out of the way so decided to stop by and check it out. Being 7:00pm on a Tuesday there wasn't anyone at the entrance which is to be expected. There were a handful of signs about after hours payment that were difficult to understand so I decided to just drive on through. There are no clear signs telling you how to drive through the place. I followed an "exit" sign just to get in... The whole time I was there I was afraid a park ranger would stop me and give me a ticket for not paying an entry fee or displaying a receipt in my window. By the way, if anybody who works there is reading this, I'm still unclear on wether or not I was supposed to put some money in the drop box..There really should be clearer instructions. I made it to the first body of water and stopped for a bit. It was a beautiful sight although it is easy to tell that man has tampered with it way too much. A natural lake does not look that..manicured..for lack of a better term. Even so, I still managed to snap a few decent pictures. Who knows, I might even return in the future when there is someone there who can explain stuff and give me a paper map.
  • Beautiful scenery and not expensive. Cost per night is $24.00 plus park pass of $7.00. Making it a total of $31.00. If you show up when office is closed. You can drop cash in the overnight box. Be sure to display your pass, cause ranger comes around in morning checking. Sites only have electric, no sewage. But they do have restrooms and showers. Showers are $1.25 for 10 minutes, maximum quarters you can put in is 15. Which will extend your time. They don't have much in walsenburg Colorado so if you plan on camping here. Be sure to pick up what you need. This is a Mayberry town.
  • 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.
  • Love it here. So much too do with Beautiful lakes, fishing golfing , hiking, picnics and just relaxing. Enjoy!