John Martin Reservoir State Park RV & Campground Guide

Colorado

This human-made reservoir is a beautiful body of water set inside a natural paradise. The park itself offers much to see and do, and it is also close to many landmarks and sites of interest like Pikes Peak, the Rocky Mountains, the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, and Denver. Birdwatching is a favorite activity, and there are several endangered species of birds that make this park their home. Bald eagles even nest here in the winter. The night sky is clear and brilliant with little light pollution, so it's a popular spot for stargazing as well. 

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Weather
Spring 26-74 F
Summer 52-91 F
Fall 24-80 F
Winter 12-51 F
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Nearby Cities
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in John Martin Reservoir State Park

The areas around Pueblo, Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs offer a multitude of natural and historical sites that make great road trip destinations. Traveling in an RV opens up these opportunities, and you can stay at any number of campgrounds along your journey in your RV. 

Rent an RV from RVshare if you don't have one of your own. John Martin Reservoir State Park has two campgrounds with the Lake Hasty Campground offering 109 full-hookup sites. If that campground fills up, here are other choices nearby.

Haggard's RV Campground

Haggard's RV Campground is just minutes to the west of downtown Pueblo. This is a small and quiet RV park in a flat, remote area, and you can see the Rocky Mountains to the west. You will love the peaceful setting of the park, and the owners are friendly and helpful. The park is conveniently located right off Highway 50.

• Number of sites: 50 pull-through sites

• Rates: $37 per night 

• Type of hookup: Full hookups but no sewer

• Electrical Amps: 30 and 50

• Pool/hot tub: Outdoor heated pool

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Pets allowed on a leash

• Showers: Yes

Pikes Peak RV Park

Pikes Peak RV Park is located a few miles north of Pueblo. The park is small and intimate, and it is conveniently near Pikes Peak, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Old Colorado City and the city of Manitou Springs. Some of the sites are next to the creek that runs through the park. Sites on the other side of the park are next to a walking trail, and you can see great views of Pikes Peak from the trail and your site. You will also often see various wildlife such as deer, ducks and beavers. 

• Number of sites: Call for availability

• Rates: $75 per night 

• Type of hookup: Full hookups

• Electrical Amps: 30 and 50

• Pool/hot tub: No

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Pets allowed, available dog run

• Showers: Yes

• Laundry: Yes

Pueblo KOA Journey

Pueblo KOA Journey is a great KOA park that caters to families. The park itself offers great views of the mountains, and there are plenty of amenities and activities for all to enjoy. Guests have access to a pool, an adults-only hot tub, a playground, a snack bar, a kitchen during the summer, a Jumping Pillow and a nature trail. The city of Pueblo is only a few minutes from the park. 

• Number of sites: Call for availability

• Rates: Call for rates

• Type of hookup: Full hookups

• Electrical Amps: 30 and 50

• Pool/hot tub: Pool during summer, adult hot tub

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Pets allowed, 8,000-foot dog run available

• Showers: Yes

• Laundry: Yes

• Additional amenities: Game room, basketball court, horseshoes, pedal kart and bike rentals, scoop ice cream, geocaching, propane, firewood, pavilion

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John Martin Reservoir State Park

Inside John Martin Reservoir State Park

At John Martin Reservoir State Park, anglers will find many species of fish, including crappie, bass, wiper, walleye, bluegill, drum, catfish and more. Besides fishing, other activities include geocaching, hiking along trails like the Red Shin Trail and Red Shin Standing Ground, and riding horses. Hunting is not allowed inside the park, but it is allowed along the rest of the reservoir and shorelines inside the state wildlife management areas. Visitors can swim and jet ski on the reservoir. Many animals call the park home, so you may see deer, coyotes, porcupines, snakes, beavers, raccoons, bobcats, and many species of birds.

Outside John Martin Reservoir State Park

Besides all the great activities inside the state park, there are plenty of outside options to enjoy. You can visit historical and natural attractions, shop, and dine in the surrounding communities of southeastern Colorado. There are several shops and restaurants in Lamar.

Restaurants

Carmen's

Carmen's is a locally owned Mexican restaurant in Las Animas. It serves a varied menu of Mexican and American cuisine with favorites being the carne asada, carnitas and the Mexican hamburger. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

Type: Mexican

Location: 625 Carson Ave, Las Animas, CO 81054

Happy Garden

Happy Garden is a Thai restaurant in Lamar. It features traditional Thai and Chinese menu choices, and patrons favor the moon chicken, cashew chicken and Hunan chicken. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has lunch specials.

Type: Thai

Location: 1106 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052

BJ's Burger & Beverage

This Lamar diner is a combination drive-up and cafe eatery. It offers a wide variety of hamburgers, sandwiches and special beverages for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Type: American

Location: 1510 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052

Hickory House

Hickory House is a classic small-town diner that offers home-style entrees like country-fried steak, hamburger steak, omelets, sloppy joes and sandwiches. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Type: Diner

Location: 1115 N Main St, Lamar, CO 81052

Shopping

Diana Lynn Fashion

This is a locally owned boutique in Lamar that sells women's clothing, handbags and accessories.

Location: 27534 US-287, Lamar, CO 81052

Ye Olde Rummage Shoppe

This store is a consignment shop in Lamar that sells gently used clothing, furniture and other items.

Location: 121 N Main St, Lamar, CO 81052

J C Mercantile

J C Mercantile is located in Rocky Ford and offers antiques and used items on consignment.

Location: 305 N Main St, Rocky Ford, CO 81067

1st Street Emporium

If you're interested in antiques and rare books, head to this shop in La Junta.

Location: 112 W 1st St, La Junta, CO 81050

Sightseeing

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

This site is near La Junta. You can take an easy 1/4-mile walk to the fort along part of the original Santa Fe Trail. Once there, you will be placed back in time to the 1840s. The fort features period furnishings, a working blacksmith shop, a carpenter's workshop and a trade room with beads, trinkets, buffalo robes and other items. There are living history interpreters, guided tours and self-guided tours.

Location: 35110 CO-194, La Junta, CO 81050

Boggsville National Historic District

South of Las Animas, this homestead site is nestled in the Purgatoire River Valley and is near the Santa Fe Trail. The site features reconstructed homes for Thomas Boggs, Wild Bill Hickock and Chief Black Kettle. The farm also has a buffalo herd and farm livestock. During the summer, there are live history interpreters.

Garden of the Gods

This unique natural habitat features diverse ecosystems like the famous red rock formations, grasslands, pinon-juniper woodlands and mountain forests. It's near Pikes Peak. You can hike along 15 miles of trails, bike on select trails and bike lanes, and ride horses with guided rides.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak

There are many ways to experience Pikes Peak, one of the most visited mountains in the U.S. The mountain has an elevation of more than 14,000 feet and is home to bighorn sheep and marmots. You can drive to the top via the Pikes Peak Highway or hike along various trails.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

This adventure park is located at a cave system and offers cave tours, outside climbing activities, thrilling rides and zip lines.

Location: 100 Cave of the Winds Rd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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How to Get to
John Martin Reservoir State Park

John Martin Reservoir State Park is located near the town of Hasty. From the East, take Highway 50 west from Lamar 20 miles to Hasty. Turn south on CR 24 School Street and continue for two miles. The Visitor Center is on the right past the curve.

From the west, take Highway 50 east and continue 16 miles to Hasty. Turn south on CR 24 School Street and continue for two miles to reach the Visitor Center.

Entering John Martin Reservoir State Park

The park office is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. unless visitors are camping, fishing or boating.

Per vehicle : $9

Annual pass : $80

Southeastern Colorado is home to several natural and historical sites that lend themselves perfectly to taking a road trip in your own RV or a rental RV from RVshare. Our fellow RVers are always interested in trip reports, so be sure to send your best photos to [email protected] for our readers to view. Stay updated on all the news for John Martin Reservoir by visiting @ColoradoParksandWildlife on Facebook, @coparkswildlife on Instagram, and @COParksWildlife on Twitter.