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.

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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.

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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.

Lathrop State Park Per vehicle : $9.0

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lathrop State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Lathrop State Park?

Late spring and fall are the best time of the year to spend time at Lathrop State Park. The warm weather conditions during these months make the park a great destination for hiking, biking, swimming and boating.

What is the climate of Lathrop State Park?

The park experiences a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot and rainy summers and snowy winters. Summer days record a temperature of up to 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter temperatures can drop to 15.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Lathrop State Park?

Lathrop State Park is home to many animals, including raccoons, black-tailed jackrabbits, squirrels, cottontail rabbits, mule deer and coyotes. Although not common, you might encounter bobcats and black bears in the park.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Lathrop State Park?

This park has a staggering 106 designated RV camping spots, of which three are meant for group camping. The campsites boast picnic tables, water hydrants, showers, restrooms and fire pits.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Lathrop State Park and what is the cost?

You do not have to reserve a camping site at Lathrop State Park. However, reserving a spot is highly recommended in the high season months to guarantee you a good camping area.