Encompassing several thousand acres of land and beach around Lake Pueblo in southern Colorado, is one of the state's many natural wonders, Lake Pueblo State Park. Attracting over two million visitors annually the park is great for RV vacationing year round, offering a wide variety of campsites and recreational activities to keep visitors busy. Whether you're looking for an area to hunt in the winter or swim in the summer, Lake Pueblo State Park has got your back. Visitors can also enjoy using the two full-service marinas, exploring 15 miles of trails, water skiing, horseback riding, boating, wildlife viewing, and nature programs while staying at one of the over 400 campsites available at the park, including 281 campsites with electrical hookups.
The Lake Pueblo area is also a geological hotbed, attracting geologists from all over the world. The park has several layers of exposed rock, which hold the secrets of millions of years of history and geologic processes. The park contains over 130 prehistoric archaeological sites, so it's not uncommon to find fossils. Just remember to take pictures and not the fossils themselves. The park also has a rich cultural history and has been inhabited by several groups of Native Americans throughout the centuries and even early pioneer settlers. You could visit Lake Pueblo State Park in your RV 10 times and still not learn all the bits and pieces of history of the area and see all that it has to offer.
RV Rentals in Lake Pueblo State Park
Transportation in Lake Pueblo State Park
You can easily reach the park using I-25 to get to the town of Pueblo and from there it is just a few miles to Pueblo Reservoir Road, where the park is located. You can obtain more detailed directions on the park's website or using a GPS-enabled device. You shouldn't have any problems navigating the roads inside the park since they are all paved and fairly level. You don't have to worry about any major blockages or especially narrow roads. Still, you should take the same precautions you usually would and drive slowly. Although the roads are in good condition, you probably won't want to unhook your RV to drive it around the park every time you want to go somewhere or do something, but the park is also much to large to travel completely on foot. That's why many visitors choose to tow an extra car or bring some other way to get around the park, such as a bike, motorcycle, scooter, or hoverboard. Having some other way to get around the park makes it easy to just park your RV, hook it up, and forget about it until it's time to leave the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Pueblo State Park
Campsites in Lake Pueblo State Park
The family-friendly Pueblo KOA campground is within easy distance of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Front Range, Royal Gorge, San Isabel National Forest, Bishop Castle, and downtown Pueblo. All sites include free Wi-Fi and cable; private sites feature a fenced area with a gas grill, patio, fire pit, picnic table and sunshade. Campground amenities include a heated pool, an adults-only hot tub, playgrounds and a nature trail, a jumping pillow, bike rentals, a 24-hour laundry room, ice cream, a snack bar, pizza and wings delivered to your site, a fenced dog run and additional planned activities.
Northern Plains Campground
All of the sites at Northern Plains Campground, except the ones in Kettle Creek Loop have electric hookups, but no water hookups. Both vault and flush toilets are available depending on what loop you are camping in and dump stations are also available. This another campground popular campground for fishers and boaters since it is located close to the north boat ramp and marina. If you want to stay in Northern Plains Campground, especially in an RV, you should make a reservation ahead of time. Some of the turns in this campground may be difficult for larger RVs, but not impossible to make. Since it is the largest of the campgrounds, it is likely to be the most noisy, but many visitors still flock to Northern Plains due to its very close proximity to the west fishing spot and bicycle trail.
Juniper Breaks Campground
Juniper Breaks Campground does not have any water or electric hookups, but can still accommodate RVs. This is perfect for those looking for a more primitive approach to camping, those wanting to connect to nature more, or those looking to save a few bucks. The campground features vault toilets and water faucets, but no dump stations. Visitors love the quiet serenity that this campground offers, but it stays pretty booked up on weekends and holidays, so reservations are the best way to ensure you get the campsite of your choice. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance and must be made at least three days in advance. The campgrounds are fairly close to the lake and only a short walk separates the campground from the north picnic area and the Northshore Marina. Make sure to purchase your camping permit and park pass before setting up camp, which goes for camping at all of the campgrounds, not just Juniper Breaks.
Arkansas Point Campground
Arkansas Point Campground features 95 campsites, all of which have electrical hookups, a paved, level parking spur, a sheltered picnic table, and fire ring, providing you with everything you need for an enjoyable RV camping experience. The campsites are spacious and well spaced out, making it a popular choice for campers, so you should get your reservations as early as possible. Many visitors also love the fact that it is close to the south boat ramp and several sites offer great views of Lake Pueblo. The campgrounds are on the south side of the park and have centrally located restrooms, showers, and playgrounds. Since there are no sewage or water hookups, a dump station and water faucets are also available near the campground. Some sites can accommodate RVs over 90 feet in length, but most have a max RV length between 35 and 45.
Northern Plains Campground
14 campsites in Northern Plains Campground are first-come, first-served, but they are tent-only sites, so be sure to make your reservation`at least three days in advance to secure your site.
Juniper Breaks Campground
There are no only firs- come, first-served sites available at this campground. If you plan on staying between Memorial Day and Labor Day, be sure to make a reservation because they stay pretty booked up. Other than that, you may be able to get a site when you get to the park, but there is no guarantee.
Arkansas Point Campground
No sites are specifically first-come, first-served, just whatever sites are not already reserved when you arrive. You may be able to get a site without reservation during the week or in winter months, but a reservation is the best way to secure your spot.
Seasonal activities in Lake Pueblo State Park
Biking and Hiking
Although the lake and all the water recreational activities the park offers is the focal point of the park, don't skip out on exploring the 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. The trails running through the park offer the best chance to see wildlife you otherwise wouldn't see on the beach area or on the lake. Some animals you might see include mule deer, lizards, snakes, burrowing owls, and several birds of prey. A map of the trails can be downloaded online to help guide you along the way. So get ready to head out of the rig and hit the trails.
Although it may be tempting to jump in Lake Pueblo, the lake is only for fishing and boating and swimming is prohibited. However, if you're looking to take a dip in the great outdoors and cool off, head over to the Rock Canyon Swim Beach in the northeast area of the park, which is the only place that swimming is allowed. The swim beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and a nice picnic area is nearby, so you can relax beachside all day.
You can fish in Lake Pueblo State Park year round, but the fish are abundant in the summer months, practically begging to be caught. You can fish anywhere in the park that is open to the public except from the boat docks and boat ramps, which is why many fishermen love exploring the park and trying to find their special "secret spot." Common catches at Lake Pueblo State Park include bass, walleye, rainbow and brown trout, sunfish, and crappie.
Exploring the Visitors Center
The visitors center in Pueblo State Park is packed full of useful information and is open to visitors all year long. It also has tons of gifts and state park memorabilia so you'll never forget your time at the park. Although it is open year round, many people find more time during the winter months to really explore and see all that it has to offer since it isn't as crowded.
From Labor Day through Memorial Day hunting is allowed in a large chunk of the park. Pack up your bow and arrow or birdshot loaded shotguns in your rig and see what kind of game you can snag. Hunting is absolutely prohibited during the in-season months, but while it is permitted, hunters may be able to find deer, ducks, and several other avian species. Make sure you follow all rules and regulations regarding hunting in the park to avoid getting in trouble or upsetting the balance of nature.
Visitors to the park can take advantage of the two full-service marinas, one on the north side and one on the south side. The marinas are the perfect place to launch your boat and set sail towards a peaceful day on the lake. Just be sure to get your boat inspected before setting off to ensure you aren't bringing any invasive species or nuisance marine creatures into the lake.