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Lathrop State Park- Lathrop State Park is located three miles west of Walsenburg in south central Colorado. Recreation opportunities here focus upon two reservoirs within the park.
San Carlos Ranger District- The San Carlos Ranger District is part of the San Isabel National Forest; within its boundaries are the Spanish Peaks, the Sangre de Cristo Range and the Wet Mountains.
Trinidad Lake State Park- A mild year-round climate and 700 acres of water ideal for numerous water sports are the lures of Trinidad Lake State Park.

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Spanish Peaks from the Highway of Legends
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Description - Walsenburg is at the edge of the Great Plains, and the views are huge. It is a small crossroads community where Interstate 25, U.S. Highways 160, 85 and 87 and Colorado Highway 10 intersect. The Cucharas River leads through town on its way east.

Walsenberg is located close to the Spanish Peaks and Wet Mountains of the southern San Isabel National Forest. It is also relatively close to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. To familiarize yourself with the region a trip on the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway is a good place to start. It takes you from Walsenburg to Trinidad on Highway 12. Stop in the office at Circle the Wagons Motel on the north end of La Veta or the Walsenburg Chamber of Commerce to get a tour booklet. This free guide is rich with historical information and anecdotes. Obtaining a copy is well worth the effort.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities abound in the Walsenburg area. Lathrop State provides water-based activities such as, boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing and jet skiing. Various trails in the region provide terrain for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Climate - Mountainous terrain influences the climate visitors find around Walsenburg. In general, the summertime climate is generally mild with daily average temperatures ranging from highs of 60-95 degrees, to lows of 30-60 degrees. The days are generally clear and sunny in the mornings, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Snow showers may occur at higher elevations at any time. Generally, heavy frosts begin in late October and continue to April.

The traditional beginning of the summer season in late May is often marked by wet snows, thunderstorms with small hail and cool nights. At elevations above 9,500 feet, depending on snowfall and the orientation of the site, snow drifts can linger in some areas into early July.

Location - Walsenburg is in southern Colorado, west of Interstate-25. Denver is about three hours north, Trinidad and New Mexico are an hour south. U.S. Highway 160 comes into Walsenburg from the west. Highway 69 to Gardner and Westcliffe are located north of town.

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Walsenburg Chamber of Commerce, Railroad Depot, P.O. Box 493 , Walsenburg, CO, 81089, Phone: 719-738-1065

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Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
South Central Region - This region lies just east of the Continental Divide, from the middle of the state to the southern border of Colorado. It includes the upper Arkansas River Valley, the San Luis Valley and the Colorado Springs area.


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