Lathrop State Park RV & Campground Guide
Located a few miles out from Walsenburg and Pictou, Lathrop State Park is a 1,600-acre natural area in Colorado that opened in 1962. Many sights draw people to the area, some of the most prominent being its duo of lakes and the Spanish Peaks mountains overlooking the park. The climate in the park can vary somewhat dramatically even within the same month. While the summer heat can get fairly intense, freezing cold temperatures are also a possibility during the spring and winter months. When it’s warm out, it tends to be fairly humid on all the lakes. This diverse climate has created an extremely diverse ecosystem within the park, giving campers the chance to experience tons of unique plants and animals as they go about enjoying everything Lathrop State Park has to offer.
Spring 34.6-69 F
Summer 56.6-91.3 F
Fall 35.3-70.3 F
Winter 15.6-48.6 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lathrop State Park
RVing allows you the chance to camp out in some really unique and memorable areas without compromising on comfort, especially when you travel in a rental RV for the added convenience and affordability factor. When you're looking for somewhere to park after a day full of outdoors fun, try out these RV campgrounds near Lathrop State Park.
Lathrop State Park Campgrounds
In total, the park has 103 campsites as well as three group campsites. Twenty-one of the individual sites are located in the Yucca Campground and do not have electricity. Their amenities include water hydrants, picnic tables, fire pits, showers and toilets with spots going for $22 per night. The remaining 82 sites are in the Piñon Campground and include electrical hookups, a playground, a dump station and an amphitheater in addition to everything offered at the Yucca Campground. These sites cost $36 per night. Most of the group sites feature similar amenities as the other sites with sizes ranging from six people ($22 per night) to 30 people ($75 per night) to 50 people ($75 per night), though only the Los Alamos Group Camping and Picnic Area ($225 per night) includes electrical hookups.
Circle the Wagons RV Park
This scenic RV park has an Old West feel and a friendly community. There are a ton of options for how to stay, and nightly rates range from $35 to $50. Constants for all spaces include things like full hookups, restroom and shower access, a fire pit, free Wi-Fi, access to a dog park, a community store, various games, and community functions such as potlucks. There are also on-site camper trailers, tent sites, and a cabin for rent.
La Veta Pines RV Park
This quiet campground is located in the forest. One of the park's best features is how close it is to the surrounding businesses, like shops and restaurants, meaning anything you might need during your stay is within walking distance. Community is the focus here with tons of activities to do with other campers. There is also a free DVD rental library and outdoor movie nights. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the park as is access to restrooms and showers. Pets are also allowed to join the fun. All sites have full hookups and can be rented for only $35 per night.
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What to Do at
Lathrop State Park
Inside Lathrop State Park
Hiking, biking, backpacking, and other activities are popular among many parkgoers, particularly in the warm-but-not-hot times of the year in late spring and fall. Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake are also incredibly popular places to hang out given all the swimming, boating, skiing, and other activities you can do there. In particular, fishing is one of the best activities since there is a wide variety of different fish to catch, with certain species growing to be up to 25 pounds.
Outside Lathrop State Park
While Lathrop State Park is filled with fun things to do all by itself, it's not uncommon to want some variety in your vacation. If you're thinking of taking a trip into civilization during your stay in the area, make sure to visit some of these great restaurants, shopping centers, and places of interest while you're out.
George's Drive Inn
This eatery is a no-bells-or-whistles version of the classic American diner. Stop in for a bite to eat and some hot coffee to get you on your way. The cooks make some excellent takes on burgers and fries, chicken tenders, pancakes and eggs, and even breakfast burritos that are delicious at any time of the day.
Location: 564 US Highway 85 87, Walsenburg, CO 81089
This local Mexican restaurant focuses on quality food and good hospitality. In addition to the free Wi-Fi available on-site, you can enjoy some fantastic treats like steak and eggs, loaded burritos, chips and salsa, quesadillas on either flour or corn tortillas, fajitas and tons more. They also serve some great desserts ranging from ice cream sundaes and xango to sopapillas and fruit pies.
Location: 822 South Main Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089
This is the in-house eatery of the historic La Plaza Inn. Your dining options include the Library Café, the Bistro Dining Room and Patio, and the Lobby Bar, all of which serve delicious food and drinks to patrons. Menus change with the seasons, but you can expect such fine options as calamari, crab cakes, chicken piccata, pasta and meatballs, and much more.
Location: 118 W. 6th Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089
This is a fun little store that offers a ton of unique and interesting items for sale. Stop in to browse through the wide collection of vintage furniture and decorations, knickknacks and toys, clothes and jewelry. As many who have come by in the past will attest, there's always something or another you'll find that you just absolutely have to have even if you went in not planning to buy anything.
Location: 609 Main Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089
This discount store contains a wide array of items that you may need while on your trip. Stop in for some laundry supplies, toiletries, and groceries.
Location: 802 Walsen Avenue, Walsenburg, CO 81089
Sports lovers should definitely explore this expansive gift shop that stocks more than 37,000 items. Pick up a ball cap, jersey, decal, sign, or any number of things.
Location: 701 Main Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089
Proudly billed as the world's first counterculture museum, this venue features pieces gifted to the founders as well as showcases of local art from various individuals. The gift shop is also worth a mention in its own right for selling pieces by local artists as well as locally produced crafts and other trinkets that support the community with your purchases.
Location: 109 East 6th Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089
If you’re traveling with children, take them to this water park that features attractions suitable for visitors of all ages. The little ones will be safe in the zero-entry pool, and the more daring guests will love the 30-foot-high water slides.
Location: 700 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089
How to Get to
Lathrop State Park
To get to Lathrop State Park, your best and quickest bet will be to get there from Walsenburg. Heading out of the city, you'll want to take West 7th Street, which transitions into US-160 a short way in. From there, it's just a straight shot for around two and a half miles until it comes time to turn right onto County Road 502.
Entering Lathrop State Park
The park is open to non-campers from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day with 24-hour fishing access at the lakes available to campers from the shore or hand-launched boats.
Per vehicle : $9
If you love the outdoors as much as the crew at RVshare, it's almost a sure bet that you'll have the time of your life at Lathrop State Park. With plenty to do in and around the park, not to mention the tons of unique and unforgettable scenery all around you, it's impossible not to have a good time. RVshare always enjoys seeing the pictures its renters take when they're out enjoying themselves. If you feel like it, send some of those photos to [email protected] or tag RVshare on social media. You might even get featured in one of RVshare’s blog posts in the future.