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Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg

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Lathrop State Park is a Colorado state park located 3 miles (4.8 km) 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 107,000 visitors passed through Lathrop State Park in the last year for which figures are available.
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  • What a gem. We stopped here in our RV for an overnight and stayed 3 days! Beautiful park. Huge with 2 lakes. Lots of roads for biking. Private sites.  more »
  • We stop often at Lathrop four a bathroom break. Great clean bathrooms. A nice visitors center, and a good place to walk our dog. We have also stayed at the rv park and it is nice.  more »
  • I love coming to this park. The park rangers and wildlife officers are great. They put on weekly educational programs and this weekend there was a kid's fishing derby. The campgrounds are nice and the bathrooms clean. The swim beach is perfect for families. Horseshoe Lake is so beautiful. I will be returning and definitely recommend this park.
  • This is a great place for camping. We stayed in the Pinion Campground. The campsites and the bathrooms and showers are all clean. We enjoyed the activities the park has to offer. We want swimming, hiking, and rode bikes.
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