Colorado’s first state park, Lathrop State Park boasts two lakes and provides 1,594 acres of recreational enjoyment nestled in the shadow of the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado. Lathrop State Park lies in a high plains grassland that is dotted with juniper trees and pinon pines. At approximately 6600 feet, the parks backs up to the rugged foothills that sit along Colorado's front range of the Rocky Mountains. The Spanish Peaks are unique. They were not formed in the same way that the uplifted Sangre de Cristo Mountains were. Among the most unusual features of the peaks are the great dikes which radiate out from the mountains like spokes of a wheel. The dikes are made of intrusive igneous rock that squeezed its way into the cracks in the sedimentary rock, like mud between a child’s toes.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 43 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.