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“Colorado's best kept secret”
Review of Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“Colorado's best kept secret”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Lathrop State Park is a great place to camp, play, hike, bike, boat, fish and watch birds and other wildlife. The park is west of the town of Walsenburg. They have wonderful camping. If you want the pure camping experience they have an area for that. If you want to take a trailer or other RV, they have electrical hook-ups in another campground. There’s water posts where you can fill up your tank and they have a dump station. In loop C there are some stunning views of Spanish Peaks with the lake in the foreground. We camped in site C68 this trip. Other times we camped in D loop for a view of the hogback ridge and the Sangre de Christo mountains. If you have an annual pass, it's only 20 dollars per night.
We recommend the hogback trail. It’s perhaps three miles around the loop and offers some great scenery. It’s not strenuous but there is an uphill grade. Take your camera as there are some nice views. And be sure to pick up the brochure for the trail at the visitor center. It’s free and gives you a little more information about what you’re seeing. It’s well written.
There’s a path that goes around Martin lake. It’s a bit rough for bikes unless you have really good suspension.
In the evening, take a leisurely drive around both lakes and stop at the coves to watch the osprey fish. You’re likely to see deer as well if you drive slowly and watch for them. Then park on the dam and watch the sunset. Check out the night skies while you’re here. You won’t believe how many stars you can see.
When you want to go into town, we recommend the charming little town of La Veta. There’s a great bakery, but it’s only open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday so plan accordingly. And stop by the Forest Service visitor center if you plan to do some serious recreating in the area.

Visited April 2013
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Leoti, Kansas
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great place to take the family.”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

This place is a really nice place. Two lakes, one for recreation and the other more geared to fishing. We saw lots of beautiful trout jumping out of the water, but could not get a single bite. It was not very crowded and for the most part very clean and relaxing. It would be a good place to get your 'feet wet' with a boat or jet ski. I would love to go back and camp for a couple nights sometime.

Visited September 2012
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Clovis, New Mexico, United States
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Unimpressed”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Well maintained and nice roads, et al but there isn't much of a view and it's pretty expensive for just a place to park an RV. There are a lot better places in the region.

Visited September 2011
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1 Thank lteak
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
351 reviews
207 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“nice park, excellent campground”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

real showers that actually work in campground (for a small fee- 50 cents for 4 minutes of actual hot water, well worth it)
was much better than motel i stayed in night before

Visited August 2012
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Lisle, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Enjoyed the hiking, scenery and swimming area! Very nice upkeep. Clean park and affordable for a day visit.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Susan Z
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