Next on our journey was a short stop at Lake Pueblo State Park. Lake Pueblo was supposed to be a vast body of water with excellent fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, biking, and camping. When we arrived in the afternoon and set up camp everything looked pretty swell. Ah, our first waterfront campsite. I walked down to the water just across from the doorstep of our RV and captured a few pictures of the blue lake at sunset.
Unfortunately, the good vibes set with that sun and by the next afternoon we had discovered Lake Pueblo really wasn’t our cup of tea. The dust started to settle and I started to become aware of the environment. It was like when Hansel and Gretel realized they were DOOMED. Cigarette butts and beer bottle tops littered our campsite. I spotted a few empty beer cans and pieces of garbage in the bushes. One-hundred degrees out and the hot, humid air stood still as the sun beat down relentlessly. The only relief, a lukewarm breeze adulterated with the stench of decaying fish and trash from the nearby dumpster. And this was only an observation of our campsite. As we explored the rest of the park it looked equally (gulp) trashy, and energetically, it felt sticky. Perhaps I’m being a little dramatic. Lake Pueblo really is a great place for fishing and boating (two things we’re not into), it just isn’t our style. Nevertheless, we tried to make the best of the 4 nights we were here.
There is one thing that really stood out and I absolutely loved about Lake Pueblo— Accessibility! Let’s start there.
Accessibility Notes:After visiting a few state parks with very limited accessibility, I was pleasantly surprised by Lake Pueblo. All of the restrooms, showers, drinking fountains, picnic areas, and barbecue grills around the park are accessible. There are plenty of accessible parking stalls in every parking lot and there are several accessible camping sites in each campground. Kudos, Lake Pueblo State Park!
There are also two accessible fishing areas. The Anticline Fishing Pond is surrounded by a paved trail and has a packed gravel beach that gradually reaches the water, allowing people who use wheelchairs or scooters direct access to fishing on the shore. There are two accessible fishing piers with ramps at the Anticline Fishing Pond and the Arkansas River.
A wide, paved trail also travels through the park an connects with a longer trail to the city. We liked the paved trail and went for a bike ride along it one day. Unfortunately at about 4 miles in I got sick and poor Mitch had to ride back to camp for the truck to bring me home.
We also visited the swimming beach one day to cool off. In Hawaii you can swim with the dolphins, but at Lake Pueblo State Park you can swim with the geese and their goslings. The Rock Canyon Swimming Beach had families of geese around the picnic tables, on the sand, and in the lake. The swimming area was limited and roped off by a floating barrier. The water was refreshing on a hot day and fairly deep at one end (at least 6 feet from what we could tell). The rough sandy beach was also nice but unfortunately there were cigarette butts scattered everywhere.
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