Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Welcome to the Lathrop State Park Department!

Colorado’s first state park, Lathrop State Park, is 1,594 acres of recreational enjoyment nestled in the shadow of the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado.

The park’s two lakes offer a variety of boating and angling opportunities for all types of water recreation. Martin Lake offers water skiing, power and sail boating. Because Martin is a warm-water lake, it makes it great for swimmers. Horseshoe Lake is a peaceful haven for canoeists, kayakers, sailors and other boaters at wakeless speeds. Catfish, bass, walleye, trout and blue gill thrive in both lakes. Horseshoe Lake is known for its large tiger muskies.

Camping opportunities abound at Lathrop. Lathrop’s two campgrounds have 103 sites that can accommodate motor homes, trailers and tents, and offer either a basic or improved camping experience. Improved Sites provide 20/30/50 amp electricity at the site, but do not provide water or sewer hookups. Piñon Campground is ideal for large camping units.

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Pretty Park Project: Join Us for a Lathrop Clean-Up Day! Profile Photo  Register Pretty Park Project: Join Us for a Lathrop Clean-Up Day!
  Tuesday, 16 July 2024 |   09:00 AM | Lathrop State Park |  Registration Required

The outdoors gives us beauty, life, exercise, health, and so much more. Let's roll up our sleeves, grab our gloves, and make a positive impact by giving back to our shared outdoor haven! Meet at the visitor center at 9:00am for safety debrief. ...



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