San Luis State Park
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The wetlands of San Luis Lakes are like an oasis amid the sand dunes in the shadow of Great Sand Dunes National Monument!
San Luis Lakes State Park covers 2,054 acres of land, and the lakes encompass 890 surface-acres of water. San Luis Lake is the largest of the two lakes in the park.
The other, Head Lake, is much smaller
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smaller and surrounded by wetlands.
The San Luis Lakes Wildlife Area is north of the campground. Four miles of wide, level trails are available, and are wheelchair accessible. The wildlife area is home to 150 species of birds and many small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. This area is closed between February 15 and July 15 annually to protect nesting birds.
Visitors to San Luis Lake are usually drawn to the area to participate in water sports. Boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, sailboarding and sailing are permitted in the lake. Swimming is permitted on the southwestern shore of the lake. Picnicking and camping may also be enjoyed by visitors to the park. Wildlife viewing in the wildlife area is very popular, as is hiking and photography. Hunting of waterfowl and small game is permitted during regular hunting seasons.
To get there take Highway 160 west from Walsenburg for 60 miles. Go north on Highway 150 for 13.5 miles. Turn left on Six Mile Lane and drive straight for 8 miles and then drive north 1/8 mile to park entrance.
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