An oasis in the high plains, John Martin Reservoir is a water sports haven for southeastern Colorado. It’s located in the little community of Hasty, Colorado, about two hours east of Pueblo.
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 motorboats as well as water skiing, jet skiing, and sailboarding. Lake Hasty only permits electric and non-motorized vessels. Closed from November 1 – March 15.
Camping: There are 213, 60+ feet long basic (Point Campground) and electric hookup (Lake Hasty) campsites with water open year-round. Showers and laundry are also available from April 15 to Oct 31. Seasonal closures at each campground each winter season. There is a nightly fee for both sites. Reservations can be made in advance.
Read about the camping near La Junta and Lamar.
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 4.5-mile loop leading you past the reservoir, Native American carvings, historic canals, and the Prowers-Hudnell Ranch.
Horseback Riding: Permitted on all the trails, but horses are not allowed in campgrounds.
Picnicking: Reservable picnic sites are scattered along the shoreline and in shaded areas.
Swimming: The swim beach is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Address: 30703 County Rd 24, Hasty, CO
Hours: 5 am-10 pm (unless camping, fishing, or boating)
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