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Fisher's Peak viewed from Kit Carson Park. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography

Trinidad

Trinidad, Colorado is the county seat of Las Animas County. Located between exits 11 and 15 on the I-25 at the foot of Fisher's Peak (elevation: 9,665 ft.).

Trinidad is alive with history. Felipe Baca and a number of other entrepreneurs opened the town for business in 1862 so they could take advantage of business opportunities along the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail, which ran right through downtown and south over Raton Pass.

In 1882, coal was discovered and a cry went out to Europe for skilled mining labor. The folks who responded formed the basis for the present cultural mix of Hispanic, Italian, Greek, Polish, Irish, Lebanese, Slavic, and Northern European families.

Trinidad was incorporated in 1876. It was a rough and tumble town through these turbulent years but Bat Masterson and other lawmen slowly brought civilization and relative peace to Trinidad. By the early 1900's, the red light district, the gamblers and most of the saloons were relegated to the area of West Main Street where the Fox Theater and the Safeway are now. That was the end of town and the beginning of the trail over Raton Pass and on to Santa Fe.

The railroad, cattle and agriculture still make up the bulk of Trinidad's industrial base. Trinidad is also a regional center for education and the arts and a great starting place for fishing, hiking, hunting, and skiing adventures

The entire downtown of Trinidad, with its' wealth of Victorian architecture, has been declared a National Historic District. In addition to the oldest state college in Colorado, Trinidad State Junior College, the city has five museums, a full service hospital and a state nursing home. There are 11 tennis courts, a municipal swimming pool and a nine hole city-owned golf course.

West of town on Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, is Trinidad Lake State Park, a prime place for fishing, hiking, boating, and camping. Nearby is the San Isabel National Forest, Sugarite State Park, Vermejo Park Ranch, and the National Rifle Association's Whittington Center. Cuchara, Angel Fire, Red River, Taos, Sipapu, Wolf Creek, Monarch,Santa Fe, and Rio Costilla ski areas are all within two to three hours drive. Trinidad also gets daily train service from AmTrak.


Trinidad is famous for it's surprising variety of eclectic Victorian architecture. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography

Trinidad at a glance...

  • Elevation: 6,035 feet
  • Average annual precipitation: 14.0 inches
  • Terrain: Mountain valley bridging mountains and high plains
  • January temperature: High: 48 Low: 19
  • July temperature: High: 91 Low 58
  • Days of Sunshine per year: 300+
  • Trinidad Population 2000 census: 9,078


Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography.

For more information...

Trinidad High School . 816 West Street, Trinidad, CO 81082. Phone: (719) 846-2971. Email: jennifer.mason@trinidad.k12.co.us. http://www.trinidad.k12.co.us/trinidadhigh/trinidadhighhome.htm
Trinidad Golf Course. 1413 Nolan Drive. Phone: (719) 846-4015.
City Of Trinidad. 135 North Animas Street. Phone: (719) 846-4086.
Trinidad Housing Authority. 128 West First Street. Phone: (719) 846-7204.
Community Center. 1309 Beshoar Avenue. Phone: (719) 846-4454.

Attractions in and near Trinidad

A. R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art.  More than 250 original paintings by acclaimed western artist and illustrator Arthur Roy Mitchell

Fisher's Peak.  Fisher's Peak is a basalt-capped mesa rising to an elevation of 9,600 feet just south of Trinidad.

Kit Carson Statue.  This heroic bronze sculpture of Kit Carson is widely considered to be the finest equestrian statue in North America.

Las Animas County State Trust Lands.  Four wilderness reserves for your enjoyment.

Louden-Henritze Museum of Archaeology.  A great place for family afternoons, the museum treasures include dinosaur bones, pottery, models of ancient village life and more.

Ludlow Massacre Memorial.  This monument marks the site of the Ludlow Massacre.

Picketwire Canyonlands.  Explore the traces left by Brontosaurus and Allosaurus, left behind 150 million years ago.

Santa Fe Trail National Scenic & Historic Byway.  The Santa Fe Trail served as a trade route between Missouri and the Mexican frontiers from 1821 to 1880.

Simpson's Rest.  You can't miss Simpson's Rest---It's the one with the giant lighted "TRINIDAD" sign on it.

The Scenic Highway of Legends.  State Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends ties Trinidad, Weston, Stonewall, Cuchara, La Veta, and Walsenburg together with a ribbon of asphalt that journeys through some of the most beautiful mountain countryside in the world.

Trinidad Children's Museum.  The Children's Museum invites both children and adults to explore Trinidad's "Old Fire House No. 1"

Trinidaddio Blues Fest XI.  

Another World Classic Lineup!  2008 BB King Blues Entertainer of the Year!  2008 Contemporary Blues Album of the Year!  Tommy Castro Band and Ronnie Baker Brooks.  Tad Robinson Band featuring Alex Shultz, Kay Saydak & Friends, Los Albuquerque Blues Connection and more.  Be There!  August 29, 2009 Central Park Trinidad Colorado.  Purchase Tickets online at www.Trinidaddio.com  Presented by Comcast. 

Trinidad History Museum.  Step back in time at this unique museum on the Santa Fe Trail.

Trinidad Lake State Park.  Trinidad Lake State Park is located just west of Trinidad on Highway 12

Trinidad Skatepark.  Built in 2003, the 15,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Trinidad Skate Park is one of the top ten public skateboarding parks in the world.

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City Hall, build 1909

The Columian Hotel at the corner of Commercial and Main, built 1879

Las Animas County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography

Homecoming parade. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography.

The Carnegie Library, built 1904

West Main Street

Ruins of the church in the mining camp of Morley, a few miles south of Triniadad on I-25. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography.

Holy Trinity Church, built 1885. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography.

River walk. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography.

Ava Maria Shrine. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography.

Where to eat and stay in Trinidad

Restaurants

A Little Catering Company. 503 S. Chestnut. Phone: 719-214-2856.
Big 4 Country Store. 24638 Hwy 12 Trinidad. Phone: 719-845-2600.
Black Jack's Saloon & Steakhouse. 225 W. Main. Phone: 719-846-9501. http://blackjackssaloon.com
Bob & Earl's Cafe. 1118 Robinson Avenue (Hwy 12). Phone: 719-846-0144.
Burger King. 920 Freedom Road. Phone: 719-846-9445.
Chef Liu's Chinese Restaurant & Lounge. 1423 Santa Fe Trail. Phone: 719-846-3333 or 719-846-2881.
C&H Restaurant. 443 N. Commercial. Phone: 719-846-3851.
Country Kitchen. 3125 Toupal Drive. Phone: 719-846-4500.
Dairy Queen. 416 University. Phone: 719-845-8100.
Domino's Pizza. 508 Nevada Ave. . Phone: 719-845-9894.
El Paso Cafe. 1101 E. Main. Phone: 719-846-8522.
Fabilis Wings . 103 West Main Street. Phone: 719-846-9464.
Fairway Grill @ Cougar Canyon. 304 Shanahan Drive. Phone: 719-422-7020.
Family Seed II. 525 San Juan Street. Phone: 719-845-8057.
Hot Spot at the Savoy. 313 N. Commercial. Phone: 719-846-1191.
JR'S . 806 Goddard Ave.. Phone: 719-846-8384.
JR'S Fuel Stop. 105 East Colorado Ave.. Phone: 719-846-4483.
JR'S Fuel Stop . 426 North Chesnut Street. Phone: 719-846-3237.
JR'S Travel Shoppe. 639 West Main Street. Phone: 719-846-6390.
Lee's Bar-B-Q. 825 San Pedro. Phone: 719-846-7621.
A Trinidad tradition since 1938. Across the street from Kit Carson Park.
McDonald's Restaurant. 322 Nevada Ave.. Phone: 719-846-3322.
Mission at the Bell. 134 W. Main. Phone: 719-845-1513.
Nana & Nano's Deli & Pasta House. 418 E. Main. Phone: 719- 846-2696.
Rino's Italian Restaurant & Steakhouse. 400 E. Main. Phone: 719- 845-0949.
Spanky's Smokehouse. 136 Elm Street Station. Phone: 719-846-7069.
Tequila's. 9990 Santa Fe Trail. Phone: 719-846-3514.
The Cafe At D Dry Goods. 135 East Main Street. Phone: 719-846-7119.
Trinidad Brewing Company. 516 Elm Street. Phone: 719-846-7069.
Trinidad Diner. 734 E. Main. Phone: 719-846-7798.
Wendy's Old Fashion Hamburgers. 9960 Santa Fe Trail Drive. Phone: 719-845-9143.
What' A Grind. 341 North Commercial Street. Phone: 719-846-0505.
Whistle Stop/Subway. 313 Nevada Avenue. Phone: 719-846-6633.
Wonderful House Chinese Restaurant. 415 University. Phone: 719-845-1888.
Yesterday's Pizza. 512 San Juan. Phone: 719-845-8640.

Hotels and Motels

Best Western Trinidad Inn. 900 West Adams / I-25 & Exit 13-A. Phone: 719-846-2215 / 800-955-2215.
Budget Host Inn. 10301 Santa Fe Trail / I-25 & Exit 11. Phone: 719-846-3307.
Budget Summit Inn & RV Park. 9800 Santa Fe Trail / I-25 & Exit 11. Phone: 719-846-2251.
Downtown Motel. 516 East Main. Phone: 719-846-3341.
Frontier Motel. 815 Goddard Avenue / I-25 & Exit 15. Phone: 719-846-2261 / 888-999-3996.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. 3130 Santa Fe Trail Drive. Phone: 719-845-8400.
La Quinta Suites. 2833 Toupal Drive. Phone: 719-845-4091.
Quality Inn Trinidad. 3125 Toupal Drive / I-25 & Exit 11. Phone: 719-846-4491 / 800-465-4329.
Royal Motel. 1115 East Main. Phone: 719-846-3361.
Sper 8. 1924 Freedom Road. Phone: 719-846-8280.
Trail's End Motel. 616 East Main. Phone: 719-846-4425.
Trinidad Motor Inn. 702 West Main / I-25 & Exit 13-B.
Trinidad Super 8 Motel. 1924 Freedom Road / I-25 & Exit 15. Phone: 719-846-8280.

Bed and Breakfasts

Black Jack's Inn. 225 West Main Street. Phone: 719-846-9501. http://blackjackssaloon.com
Tarabino Inn & Gallery. 310 East Second Street. Phone: 719-846-2115 / 866-846-8808. http://tarabinoinn.com
The Stone Mansion. 212 East Second Street. Phone: 719-845-1625 / 877-264-4279.
Completed in 1904, the Stone Mansion is a unique example of early 20th century aesthetic sensibility. The home is furnished with museum quality oil paintings, furniture and family heirlooms, all in keeping with the period of the house. Quaint, spacious guest rooms and baths are located on the second floor. Each guest room accomodates two and is ideal for a romantic getaway, complete with 1920's vintage baths featuring multiple shower heads and oversized tubs. Reservations are recommended. No pets allowed. Smoking on the porch or the grounds only.

Campgrounds and RV Parks

Cawthon Motel & RV Park. 1701 Santa Fe Trail. Phone: 719-846-3303.

Property For Sale Near Trinidad
Offered by Colorado Land Properties, LLC

Address Price Comment
Ponderosa Hills Ranch 120-121 (Trinidad, Colorado)$68,500This is a great hunting property. Very private and secluded. Good cover and variable terrain features. This property also has good building sites and views to die for. 52 acres. 
Ponderosa Hills Ranch #76 (Trinidad, Colorado)$47,900

Secluded and private in Chicosa Canyon.

Chicosa Canyon.

 
Dream Home with Spacious Comfortable Living and Setting (Trinidad, Colorado)$199,900.00

SPRAWLING AND SPECIAL 4 BEDROOM AND WELL CARED FOR HOME ON 1/2 ACRE OF GORGEOUS SETTING WITH VIEW~3205 SQ FT OF FINE IN TOWN COUNTRY LIVING...GREAT FOR LARGE FAMILY AND PRACTICAL RETIREMENT HOME AS WELL.  MAKE APPT. TO SEE NOW!

 
Graceful, Gorgeous, Gentle Country Living~ (Trinidad, Colorado)$495,000.00Close to Trinidad Lake with surrounding views of the Spanish Peaks and Fishers Peak, this 36.23 acre estate boasts of gentle terrain and comfortable, elegant living.  Four bedrooms - 3 bath amidst two levels of expansive lay-out with two living areas, formal dining room and exquisite kitchen and patio.  Two car garage, water well and great access make this property highly desirable.  Call for an appointment today and start Living the Dream.  Horses welcome! 
Graceful, Gorgeous, Gentle Country Living~ (Trinidad, Colorado)$495,000.00Close to Trinidad Lake with surrounding views of the Spanish Peaks and Fishers Peak, this 36.23 acre estate boasts of gentle terrain and comfortable, elegant living.  Four bedrooms - 3 bath amidst two levels of expansive lay-out with two living areas, formal dining room and exquisite kitchen and patio.  Two car garage, water well and great access make this property highly desirable.  Call for an appointment today and start Living the Dream.  Horses welcome! 
Trinidad Heights Block 7 Lot 1 (Trinidad, Colorado)$39,90027,222 square foot building site in Trinidad Heights. 
Ponderosa Hills Ranch #125 (Trinidad, Colorado)$58,900Mesa-top property overlooking Timber Canyon and Chicosa Canyon. Stunning eastward views.
 
Best of the Best in Estate Land in the Reserve (Trinidad, Colorado)$85,000

Absolutely one of the Best...Beautiful 1.6 Corner Acre Lot in Reserve at Fishers Peak.

The Reserve at Fishers Peak is an exclusive community of 1.5 to 3.5 acre properties nestled within the city limits of historic Trinidad, Colorado, directly in the foothills of Fisher's Peak. The Reserve is mountain country living with all the amenities of small town life. The majestic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Spanish Peaks and, of course, Fisher's Peak make this some of the most sought after property in southern Colorado.

 
BEST OF ALL WORLDS~ (Trinidad, Colorado)$179,179.00 --- Reduced to $139,169

35 incredible acres Bordering a 32 acre common area and common wildlife reserve with creek, this spectacular property has it all--privacy, Unparalleled views, a fantastic building site, underground power and phone---yet just 5 minutes from Trinidad. Capture this unique property while you can---it won't last long!

 
Colorado Mountain Haven (Trinidad, Colorado)Reduced to $75,900

Magnificent big views. This property is one of the last of the best values on Santa Fe Trail Ranch. Don't miss it!

 

Land Developments Near Trinidad

Northfork Ranch

Close to great fishing spots such as Monument Lake, North Lake, Bear Lake, and Blue lake.

Learn More at http://mountaindreamfinders.com

There's a lot to explore in River Ranch!
River Ranch Long's Canyon
Trinidad, Colorado

There's a lot to explore in River Ranch and its proximity to Trinidad, the State Park, and the Watchable Wildlife Refuge all make this a prime place to call your own.

Learn More at http://mountaindreamfinders.com

Santa Fe Trail Ranch

Southern Colorado's premier development, featuring beautiful 35 acre tracts. Majestic views, mountain meadows, tall Ponderosa pines and easily accessible seclusion. Located 6 miles south of Trinidad, Colorado, off the I-25. Colorado's mystery unfolds and embraces you here! A privilege to see - A phenomenon to own!

Multiple properties available with prices starting at $69,900.

Learn More at http://mountaindreamfinders.com

Sunrise Trails Ranch

35+ acre parcels of mild rolling terrain cut with small arroyos and hiding several catch ponds located near the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Small farm properties with magnificent views of the Sangres, Raton Mesa, Fisher's Peak and the Spanish Peaks. Horizon to horizon sunrises and sunsets. 13 acres of common area with a private pond and an old corral and cattle chute. Miles of hiking/biking/horse riding trails for ranch owners.

Prices start at $37,000, including power and phone.

Learn More at http://mountaindreamfinders.com

City Amenities in a True Country Setting
The Reserve at Fisher's Peak
Trinidad, Colorado

The Reserve at Fishers Peak is an exclusive community of 1.5 to 3.5 acre properties nestled within the city limits of historic Trinidad, Colorado, directly in the foothills of Fisher's Peak. The Reserve is mountain country living with all the amenities of small town life. The majestic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Spanish Peaks and, of course, Fisher's Peak make this some of the most sought after property in southern Colorado.

Properties available with prices starting at $75,000 with power, phone, cable TV, city water and paved streets.

Learn More at http://mountaindreamfinders.com

The Reserve at Soldier's Ridge

The Reserve at Soldier's Ridge is a small, 35 acre ranch development boasting property at the base of Fisher's Peak with views from the Top of the World and located only 5 minutes from the bustling but small historic city of Trinidad and all its unique offerings. Both Trinidad and The Reserve at Soldiers Ridge are perfectly located to give you the best of the modern Colorado mountain lifestyle, yet you may step back in time and enjoy the peace and beauty of the authentic Wild West.

Learn More at http://mountaindreamfinders.com

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