WALSENBURG, CO. – Kick-off your spring activities with a camping trip to Lathrop State Park. Camping season will open on Thursday, March 15, on a walk-in basis. Camping reservations are accepted for May 11 through Sept. 15. For these dates, you can make reservations for your favorite campsite by going online to www.parks.state.co.us, or calling 1-800-678-2267 or, within the Denver Metro area, calling (303) 470-1144.

Lathrop State Park, Colorado’s first State Park, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012, and will have special celebration activities on June 9, exactly 50 years from the date of its original dedication.  Lathrop State Park lies on a high plains grassland dotted with pinon and juniper and the majestic beauty of the Spanish Peaks. Lathrop is a popular place to enjoy summer boating, fishing, swimming, camping and hiking.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.



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