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Discover John Martin Reservoir State Park

John Martin Reservoir State Park can be found in southeastern Colorado between the cities of Las Animas and Lamar, just east of Pueblo. The state park encompasses the John Martin Reservoir, one of the largest bodies of water in the entire state of Colorado. The park and reservoir are often known as the ‘Saphire on the Plains’ and create an oasis of water, greenery, and nature. Many people flock to John Martin Reservoir State Park to escape the hustle and bustle of city and town life.

With its picturesque isolation, campers come for the quiet fishing spots, hikers for the idyllic walks, and nature lovers for the unmatchable bird sightings. This plethora of activities makes John Martin Reservoir State Park one of the best places to take an RV rental in all of Colorado. Accessing the park with a rental RV is made easier with Highway 50 crossing its southernmost boundary.

Rent a camper near John Martin Reservoir State Park, and you will not be disappointed with the recreational opportunities here. Search for an RV in Bent County and see what John Martin Reservoir State Park has to offer you.

Getting Outdoors

The vastness of John Martin Reservoir alone is a big draw for fishermen and women coming to the park. John Martin Reservoir State Park campers can easily find an undisturbed spot on the uncrowded lakeside to cast out their hooks. Keen anglers come from miles around to try their hands at catching the wide range of fish species on the lake. Fish species in John Martin Reservoir include largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, perch, and catfish. The bass fishing here is particularly good, as the lake has not been over-fished. The fishing is great throughout the year in John Martin Reservoir State Park, yet ice fishing is discouraged - the reservoir rarely freezes completely.

Along with the great fishing, John Martin Reservoir State Park is the perfect place for boating of all kinds. The reservoir’s size alone makes for a wonderland of water, perfect for jetting across in a speedboat, pontoon boat or jetski. John Martin Reservoir also has no motor speed restrictions. When you are looking for something a little more adventurous, set out onto the reservoir in a kayak or canoe. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to the local marina and rent kayaks and canoes for a small fee. The park also has two boat ramps on the east and west shores of John Martin Reservoir.

It is not only the lakeside recreation that brings visitors to John Martin Reservoir State Park. The park and wider area are renowned for being places full of natural beauty, with an ecosystem and wildlife to match. The park is crisscrossed with a network of hiking trails that take campers through some of the most picturesque parts of the park. The ‘Red Shin Trail’ is a great way to combine the park’s nature and history. Taking hikers along the Arkansas River, the trail then passes by Native American rock art. Birdwatching is also a great way to spend your time in John Martin Reservoir State Park, with over 400 species spotted in the park alone.

Camping at John Martin Reservoir State Park

Those camping with an RV at John Martin Reservoir State Park will find camping sites that accommodate even the most choosy of RV campers. The state park’s site comes equipped with a full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookup. Facilities here include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower block, laundry services, and picnic tables. There are numerous pull-thru sites here, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here. Pets are also welcome on-site but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Venture a little further out, and campers will arrive at the ‘Sundance-High Plains RV Park.’ This park also offers full electric, water, and sewer hookups. Facilities include toilets, showers, a dump station, laundry service, and an on-site general store.

Exploring the Area

Only a short drive from John Martin Reservoir State Park is the ‘Boggsville Historic Site.’ This restored 19th-century village is open to visitors all year round. Once a stagecoach station on the famous Santa Fe Trail, the village grew into an independent community. Now restored by the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, the site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1980s. This is a must-visit for any history enthusiasts and only takes a short journey to travel there from the park.

Those willing to make the drive north to the city of Denver will be rewarded with a variety of day trips and sight-seeing opportunities. Campers with young children will be thrilled with a visit to the Denver Zoo. The zoo is home to three and a half thousand animals, representing over five-hundred unique species. Take a look at ‘Bear Mountain,’ a historical exhibit, as it was one of the first natural-style zoo-exhibits in North America. There is also ‘Predator Ridge,’ an environment designed to look like the African savanna, containing lions, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs.

No trip to Colorado’s capital would be complete without a visit to Red Rock Amphitheatre. The amphitheater was carved out of a sandstone cliff in 1906. There are several different ways to experience this alfresco amphitheater, including the nation-famous ‘Red Rocks’ concerts, when a number of well-known local and regional artists put on an unforgettable show. For a truly spectacular experience, pop by just before sunrise for a yoga class like no other and witness breathtaking views from atop of the amphitheater.

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