Las Animas County, Colorado

Towns and Villages in
Las Animas County

Attractions in
Las Animas County

Huerfano County, Colorado

Towns and Villages in
Huerfano County

Attractions in
Huefano County


Southern Colorado
Your Guide to Las Animas County and Huerfano County in Southern Colorado

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


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:
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 oristevel 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  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.
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