Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg
The Spanish Peaks rise in the distance, with Martin and Horseshoe lakes from the Lathrop State Park in the foreground of this view from the park's Hogback Trail. | Photo by im me / flickr

Lathrop State Park
Huerfano County, west of Walsenburg

Lathrop State Park covers 1,594 acres adjoining the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado. It was Colorado’s first state park, opening in 1962.

Two lakes offer boating and fishing. Martin Lake offers water skiing, power boating and sail boating. The warm water is great for swimmers. Horseshoe Lake offers a quieter haven for canoeists, kayakers, and lower-speed sailors.

Both lakes hold catfish, bass, walleye, trout and bluegill, while large tiger muskie is found in Horseshoe Lake.

Lathrop is the only Colorado state park with a golf course, the 9-hole Walsenburg course.

The park’s two campgrounds have more than 100 sites with varying amenities.

Lathrop State Park office
70 County Road 502
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fishing from shoreline 24 hours a day.
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
(719) 738-2376
Park e-mail