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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, 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

Last-minute travelers to Yellowstone National Park can thank the heavy early-spring snowfall for a wide choice of campsites now. The lingering snow in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area has resulted in a slow start to the camping season, higher-than-normal cancellations and plenty of availability.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of five Yellowstone campgrounds offering advance reservations, reports drops in both occupancy and reservations.

“The good news is recent warm temperatures and generally drier weather patterns have resulted in snow-free and dry campgrounds while contributing to green meadows, a rush of wildflowers and great wildlife viewing opportunities,” said Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Xanterra.

Fishing Bridge RV Park is designed for hard-sided units only with a maximum length of 40 feet. Rates at Fishing Bridge RV Park are $28 per night for campsites without electric hook-ups and $38 per night for campsites with electric hook-ups. All Fishing Bridge RV sites include water and sewer hookups. Rates are $20 per night for the other campgrounds.

Campsites can be reserved online at or by calling toll-free 1-866-GEYSERLAND (1-866-439-7375) or 1-307-344-7311.

National Park Service regulations require camping equipment to fit in designated sites. When making a reservation, online visitors must book a site that will accommodate their camping equipment.

RVers must book a campsite that will accommodate the total combined length of their vehicle and camping equipment. Campers must be prepared to give the size of their RV and any tow or towed vehicle separately.

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After much discussion, the Strathnore town council rescinded a motion that would have allowed a change to the RV parking bylaw last week on May 25 in a special council meeting.

The new bylaw would have allowed residents to park recreational vehicles on their driveways for the duration of the camping season, from the May long weekend to the Labour day weekend in September.

“As the week progressed (before the long weekend) I saw all these motor homes and travel trailers parked every which way,” said Councillor John Rempel. “We can’t put up with this all summer.”

The concerns brought forward by council were after an outcry from many residents about the possibility of having trailers and RVs parked in front of homes all summer.

“It would be unsightly to a lot of people, who don’t want to see a trailer city,” said Councillor Pat Fule.

As the bylaw presently is will be how it is enforced this year, allowing residents in Strathmore to have their recreational vehicles in front of their homes for a maximum of 72 hours each week.

Fule said he had spoken with councillors from another municipality with a similar bylaw, who said it was a safety matter as they didn’t want the cars that would have been in those driveways parked on the street.

Councillor Earl Best expressed his discontent with not changing the bylaw, as many residents have said how difficult the 72-hour time limit makes packing for camping difficult.

“The bylaw the way it is is flawed and we have an opportunity to fix it, and we don’t seem to want to do that,” said Best, who with Councillor Rocky Blokland, voted against the motion to get rid of the proposed bylaw.
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