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Lake Pueblo State Park
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Lake Pueblo State Park
Description - This state park encompasses 13,691 acres with 60 miles of shoreline and 4,646 surface acres comprising the lake. There are four recreation areas surrounding the lake.

Attractions - The first area visitors reach from Highway 96, Arkansas Point, lies on the southern shore of the lake. In this area you'll find the park headquarters, a visitor center and a group picnic area. Arkansas Point Campground contains 95 modern campsites with electricity, a sheltered table, grill, water and flush toilets. A central building in the campground provides showers, laundry facility, and a fish cleaning station. Also in this area you'll find the South Shore Marina (privately owned), a boat ramp, the Overlook Trail and the Arkansas Point Trail.

Traveling along the eastern side of the dam you'll parallel the Dam Trail, which is a 17-mile long paved trail that leads from the South Shore Marina passes the campgrounds to the North Shore Marina. On the eastern side of the dam are the Rock Canyon and Anticline Lake areas. Rock Canyon includes a picnic ground and swimming area. Anticline Lake is known as the fishing pond. It lies south of the swimming area and includes a wooden fishing deck that is wheelchair accessible. The Pueblo River Trail leads through this area and is open for foot, horse and bicycle travel.

Following the road that leads northwest from Rock Canyon you'll pass a picnic area on the right before a road leads toward the lake and the sailboard launch area. As you continue passed this road another picnic area lies on the left side of the road.

The next area you reach will be Juniper Breaks. A visitor center is located in this area as well as the Juniper Breaks Campground. This is a primitive site with 85 campsites with access to vault toilets, tables and grills and water hydrants. Campers who use this area have access to several fishing and picnicking sites by the lake.

Traveling westward from Juniper Breaks you'll reach the Northern Plains area of the lake. Three modern campgrounds(one group site), two group picnic sites, two dump stations, a marina and visitor center exist in this area. The visitors services building provides showers, laundry facilities and a fish cleaning station. Playgrounds and fishing access' are dispersed throughout the campgrounds.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at Lake Pueblo State Park are centered around the lake, although the terrain surrounding the lake supports many land-based activities. Visitors to the site may participate in fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, sailing, sailboarding and jet skiing. On the terra firma surrounding the lake activities such as hiking, camping, picnicking, horseback riding and biking can be enjoyed.

Climate - Pueblo has one of the warmer climates in Colorado. It lies at 4,690 feet, in a semiarid landscape. The topography provides hot summers and mild winters, although Pueblo easily succumbs to cold snaps that pervade the eastern plains of the state. Generally, the winter temperatures range from the 60 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer temperatures can reach in to triple digits. Usually the daytime highs reach 90 and drop to 80 degrees at night.

Location - This state park lies immediately west of Pueblo along State Highway 96. Pueblo Reservoir is fed by the Arkansas River and is an intricate part of the Arkansas-Fryingpan Water Distribution Project.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Debbie Romero
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Even though it was a rainy weekend, we enjoyed this beautiful park. Park Rangers were helpful and friendly. Nice campsite! Hope to go again

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: 6/11/05 Campt sites are about 40 feet apart with little to no cover between them. The women's pit toilet by our site was covered with excrement. The frat-style revelry kept us awake past midnight and only stopped when it started raining. Showers were BARELY luke warm and cost $0.50 for three minutes. Will never go back.

Filed By: Darrin Reeder (Co. Springs, Co.)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have had success trolling the dam face for a variety of fish using silver sided coutdown rapalas in a variety of sizes and camo colored tube jigs, however I can not get the hang of fishing this reservoir from the shore,any suggestions would be appreciated.

Filed By: Mark Saragian (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful weather, fantastic scenery, friendly and helpful employees, the entire package at Pueblo is geared towards having a safe and relaxing experience. My Wife and I visit 2-3 times yearly; each visit is better than the last. Thanks to all.

Filed By: Lake Pueblo Park Ranger
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The following report did not give the park's home-page. It is... www.parks.state.co.us just go Lake Pueblo when you get on the site.

Filed By: Lake Pueblo Park Ranger (Pueblo, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I am a Park Ranger at Lake Pueblo, and while that is a beautiful picture of a lake, it is not the Pueblo Reservoir. The Reservoir is a great lake that is outlined by bluffs and short-grass prairie. The park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunties year-round. I encourage you to visit the park's home page at the web-site I gave for current pictures and conditions.

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More Information

Contact Information:
Pueblo State Park, 640 Pueblo Reservoir Road , Pueblo, CO, 81005, Phone: 719-561-9320
, lake.pueblo.park@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Pueblo Area - Pueblo lies 100 miles south of Denver along the Arkansas River.

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Colorado State Parks - Official State Parks Website

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