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Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg

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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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  • Fishing was next to impossible because the lake was high and there were several people there. We have visited before when the lake was lower and still had the same issue.  more »
  • Lots of trails around the lake and the old boat dock is a great place to teach kids to skip rocks - just remember to not skip near people fishing! You don't want to interrupt their fun!  more »
  • Lathrop is great for families! A 3 mile paved walking trail around the lake, fishing, boating, and a fun beach that has recently been expanded with covered picnic tables and bathrooms. One of our favo...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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!