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Description - Welcome to John Martin Reservoir State Park, an oasis on the plains of southeastern Colorado. Located in the Lower Arkansas River Valley, visitors come to John Martin to take advantage of modern campgrounds, great fishing, uncrowded boating waters, diverse wildlife viewing opportunities, and to see historical signs of the past.

Attractions - The Park has a total of 213 campsites, which can accommodate recreational vehicles, trailers, and tents. The Lake Hasty Campground, located below the dam provides plentiful shade with large trees. Camping is available year-round in Lake Hasty. The Point Campground, located on the north shore, sits on a ridge overlooking the reservoir.

Recreation - John Martin is a large reservoir that accommodates all forms of water recreation including water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and swimming. Anglers catch walleye, saugeye, bass, wiper, crappie, perch, and catfish. John Martin supports a diverse community of wildlife. Resident and migratory birds abound here, making the park a bird-watchers paradise. Every year from mid-April to late August visitors share the sand and gravel shores of the reservoir with the Threatened Piping Plover and Endangered Interior Least Tern. John Martin Reservoir is among the few acceptable nesting areas for these birds in Colorado. During the winter months, Bald Eagles can be seen throughout the area.

Climate - The river valleys lying at lower elevations are generally warmer throughout the year. Summer days can be hot, but often the nights cool to 40 degrees. Winter weather is warmer in the valleys than the mountains, but nights require warm layers and hats, gloves and scarves.

Location - From the East

Take U.S. Highway 50 west from Lamar approximately 20 miles to Hasty. Turn south on School Street and proceed approximately 2 miles. The Visitor Center is on the right as the road curves to the east.

From the West

Take U.S. Highway 50 east from La Junta to Las Animas, approximately 20 miles. Proceed east through Las Animas to Hasty, approximately 16 miles. Turn south on School Street and proceed approximately 2 miles. The Visitor Center is on the right as the road curves to the east.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: John Martin was a much better camping destination before it became a state park. Campsites on the point are now too close together to actually enjoy the area. Boating & fishing are very good, but expect high winds at times. Great area for bird watching.

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Contact Information:
John Martin Reservoir State Park, 30703 Rd. 24 , Hasty, CO , 81044, Phone: (719) 829-1801, Fax: (719) 829-1807
, john.martin.park@state.co.us

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