Field Trips at John Martin
The Red Shin Hiking Trail begins at the stilling basin below John Martin Dam. It winds through the park for approximately 4.3 miles to the Santa Fe Trail Historic Site on the north shore of the reservoir, providing excellent opportunities to view wildlife, Native American rock art, historic buildings and canals, and part of the original Santa Fe Trail.
One of our local boy scouts has completed his Eagle Scout project by providing John Martin Reservoir State Park with a brand new geocaching program. Please check with staff to check out GPS units, and give finding the caches a shot!
Threatened & Endangered Wildlife
The sand and gravel shores of John Martin are among the few remaining nesting areas in Colorado for the threatened Piping Plover and the endangered Interior Least Tern. In an effort to conserve these species, portions of the shoreline and the reservoir surface are temporarily closed to all public access during the nesting and brooding season. In addition, threatened bald eagles winter at John Martin.