An oasis in the high plains, John Martin Reservoir is a water sports haven for southeastern Colorado. The state park is close to historic sites, including Bent’s Old Fort and the Sand Creek Massacre. Boating, camping, fishing and wildlife viewing are popular.
Biking: Permitted throughout the park, but there are no specific trails.
Birding: More than 370 species of birds inhabit the region at some point during the year.
Boating: Open to motor boats. Water skiing, jet skiing and sailboarding are common. Closes Nov 1 for season.
Camping: Yes, open year round, 109 sites, all are 60+ feet long with electric hookups, water available year round, Showers and laundry available March 1 to mid November.
- Lake Hasty Campground – Open year round, $20/night
- Point Campground – Open May 24-July 9, $16/night
Fishing: John Martin Reservoir has a variety of warm water fish including bass, crappie, saugeye, channel catfish, walleye, wiper, bluegill and drum. Below the dam is Lake Hasty, which is stocked with trout.
Hiking: The Red Shin Trial is a popular hike leading you past the reservoir, Indian carvings, historic canals and the Prowers-Hudnell ranch. It’s a 4.5 mile loop.
Horseback Riding: Permitted on all the trails. Horses not allowed in campgrounds.
Hunting: Closed to hunting, but nearby hunting exist at the state wildlife area, 5 minutes from campground.
Picnicking: Picnic sites scatter the shoreline and in shaded areas. Group picnic facilities are reservable.
Swimming: The swim beach is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Address: 30703 County Rd 24, Hasty
Season: Year round
Hours: 5am-10pm, unless camping, fishing or boating
Fees: $7/daily, $70/annual (vehicle)