Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg: Address, Phone Number, Lathrop State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Lathrop State Park
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Jnetter_COSpgs
Colorado Springs4 contributions
Do a day trip not overnight
Aug 2021 • Family
If you want to enjoy the lake go as a day trip. The small beach and swimming area are nice and makes a fun day for kids.

We stayed in the non-electric loop and did not have a great experience. The sites have no shade and we struggled to find a flat spot without cactus for our tent since there was no tent pad. I expected primitive bathrooms, but of the two pit toilets one had no seat and the other had a door that wouldn’t close.

We asked the rangers a question about where to wash dishes within the campsite area and a question about the birds we saw at night, and neither ranger really knew the answers to either.

The biggest complaint however is the noise. Other reviews mentioned being able to hear the highway, but the highway is VERY close and the traffic noise is VERY loud. This was not only a problem with trying to sleep, but camping is meant to be in nature and enjoying the outdoors, not hearing semi trucks 500 feet away at all hours of the night.
Written August 8, 2021
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Cyndi01
Louisville, Colorado41 contributions
Party Central
Jul 2021
Lathrop! What an experience I had there last week! First of all, it is a very nice state park with spotlessly clean bathrooms. I enjoyed the paved bike paths around the lakes and riding my bike on the road out to Horseshoe lake in the evening. If I had more time, I would have enjoyed swimming the lap lane in Martin Lake! Yucca Campground is more primitive and good for tent camping, but it seems to be near highway noise and not that attractive. I stayed in Pinon D loop and got the last available site on my overnight stop-over. It is full of large RV's and power boats on trailers, if that is your thing. The park offered a lovely free concert, but about 8:00 p.m. the campground turned into noisy bedlam that drowned out the concert with blasting electric music and people partying. I counted 50 people gathered at one of the sites in D loop, where an RV had set up a bar and food table for a loud party. I would never go back there on a Saturday again.
Written July 18, 2021
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Allen T
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN27 contributions
Wonderful place from which to explore South Central Colorado
Aug 2020
Lathrop State Park is a great spot just outside of Walsenburg, CO. It is very conveniently located about 5 miles from I-25, and about 3 miles from downtown Walsenburg.

What a nice place to stay and explore the high desert! (note to people reading reviews: DESERT. Deserts get hot in the daytime - LOL) Lathrop is large, with many campsites, trails, and two sizable lakes. The individual campsites are about 40 yards apart, there is plenty of water taps, and there are acceptable shower facilities for a quick clean-up.

We saw plenty of families and groups simply enjoying the park itself, and plenty of people (like us) using the park as a great "home base" from which to explore south central Colorado. There is a golf course at the park - it should be noted that you do NOT need a day-use pass to play the course.

I would be remiss to not point out the very friendly, helpful, and informative staff, including the rangers and campground hosts! Will stay here again next time we are passing through!
Written August 10, 2020
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barkus1968
Saint Louis, MO4,171 contributions
Modest services
Jun 2020 • Solo
I stopped for a picnic lunch. They have two lakes to drive around. Fishing might be good. The picnic areas a dispersed well. There is a definite lack of signage to help those not familiar with the park.

$9.00 day pass. Kind of a lot for a picnic.
Written June 23, 2020
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Ryan R
2 contributions
Terrible representation. Not a vacation spot.
Jun 2020 • Family
We got to our campsite and a fire restriction had been placed about four hours earlier that day. This state park is NOT the mountains and NOT OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE friendly. It was extremely HOT and windy all day long. Not much to do except walk around the man made lake. Bathrooms were lacking light and campsites are really close together (20-30yards). We rode our off road go kart for a couple hours and then we’re told that it wasn’t allowed in the park even though we clearly saw video of other campers with UTV’s and ATV’s. Not sure if the rules changed on the drive up, or if the blonde female park ranger was just being a total jerk, but it was clear that our paid for OHV pass was not valid to her, and we wasted our money on both the park pass and the OHV permit. Her excuse was that the vehicle did not have seat belts or a license plate even though it is brand new with a title and VIN number and had just been purchased, HAS VISIBLE FIVE POINT HARNESSES, and it clearly states on the Colorado state site that non residents do NOT need registration for an OHV permit. The MVD has been closed for fifteen weeks due to the plannedemic. Nowhere on the park site or the state site does it say that off highway vehicles are not allowed. This state park is lame just like Colorado’s fake green chili that isn’t an original crop. Bunch of false advertising.
Written June 17, 2020
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Sandy P
93 contributions
Beautiful State Park
Nov 2019 • Couples
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.
Written December 23, 2019
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geobarter
Pueblo, CO171 contributions
Good rest stop, camping is good too.
Sep 2019
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.
Written October 8, 2019
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Sew_Beckie
Myrtle Beach, SC33 contributions
Nice State Park
Aug 2019
Ok, let's say Colorado State parks are for the most part nice state parks. They are cared for.

With that out of the way, I really liked this park. We stopped here for a few days to see friends before we left Colorado for good; as it was close to them.

The staff was friendly and very helpful. The spots were a-typical State Park sites, very large and spacious. Some sites had trees, some did not. Please remember this is in the high desert in Colorado. You will get wind, and heat depending on the time of year you go. Be prepared.

The bathrooms and showers were clean and taken care of. My only complaint there was the shower head truly needs to be replaced. They are clogged, etc with years of water crud. The lower shower head had way more water pressure, etc; proving the case that the upper shower head needed to be replaced.

Now for a suggestion; IF you are camped in one of the inner loop pull-thru sites, go in the wrong way. We followed the rules, like ost new/first time visitors do. Yes, we were facing the street. However, we were just about the only ones that way. You could tell those that had been there before, they were facing the "wrong" way... If we were to visit again, we would do the same thing.
Written October 6, 2019
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Skidude3984
Alamosa, CO36 contributions
Poor Customer Service
Sep 2019
The park and the park staff was great. They have a nice swim area and trails. Well maintained.

I reduced it two starts due to the paddle board rental company (owned by ‘Johnny’). The park allowed him to set up shop so in part, it’s a representation of the park. Very poor customer service. Cussed around children. Did not adhere to his contract. Poor quality of equipment for rent.

Avoid the third party paddle board rental but do visit the park.
Written September 10, 2019
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Ron S
Centennial, CO66 contributions
STAY AWAY!!!
Aug 2019 • Couples
I joke! This park is such a jewel of Colorado that I would hate to see it become over used and under maintained as some of our other state parks.
This park has very professional rangers, seasonal rangers & support staff. These staff members actually interact with the guests in a friendly & caring manner.
The locals which use this park clean up after themselves and take great pride in their park.
The park is well maintained and has a wonderful beach, new paths around the park and very nice boat ramps.
Note: The campground does not offer full service but does offer electrical as well as water in walking distance of your campsite.
This park is a true example to our other state parks.
Written August 20, 2019
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