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John Martin State Park lies in the Arkansas River Valley in southeastern Colorado where a massive 2.6-mile-long dam blocks the river, forming John Martin Reservoir, the second largest lake in Colorado. The 13,176-acre park is a recreational oasis for boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, camping, and nature study. The park is an excellent birding area with 373 species recorded in the area. John Martin, relatively isolated from the Front Range cities, makes a great getaway for a family adventure. Plan on camping at the 216 sites in Lake Hasty and Point campgrounds. The park offers a different experience than Colorado’s mountains, with sky, water, and prairie horizon merging beneath a vault of blue sky.
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Recommended season(s): Year-round
—Stewart M. Green