Las Animas County, Colorado

Towns and Villages in
Las Animas County

Attractions in
Las Animas County

Huerfano County, Colorado

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Huerfano County

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Huefano County


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

Las Animas County

Las Animas County is 4,798 square miles in size. It is the largest county in the State of Colorado, about the same size as Connecticut.The western boundary is the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This part of the county is mountainous with several cold-water lakes. There is abundant wildlife (deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, etc.) ideal for wildlife watching, fishing, and hunting. Land use includes privately owned ranches, 35+ acre ranch developments, State and national public lands.

To the north and east, are the high plains. There are two volcanic mesas (Johnson Mesa and the Mesa de Maya) stretching 80 miles east of Trinidad. Abundant wildlife species, including hawks and eagles, live a tranquil existence on these mesas. Along the Purgatoire River are red-rock canyon lands, known for artifacts of early man and the longest stretch of fossilized dinosaur tracks known to scientists. Most of the vast land here is privately owned ranch land. The U.S. Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site is also located here. The southern boundary of Las Animas County is the Colorado-New Mexico Border.

Trinidad, the county seat, is nestled along the banks of the Purgatoire River. It is a picturesque city of Victorian and adobe architecture and brick streets. Its downtown area has beeen designated the Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District. The elevation is 6,025 feet.

There are approximately 15,000 residents in Las Animas County, about 9,000 of who live within the City of Trinidad.

High elevation, southern location and low humidity combine to give Las Animas County a comfortable four-season climate, with approximately 14 inches of rainfall per year. Weather extremes are usually scattered and of short duration. Summers are generally warm and dry, with daytime temperatures ranging between 80 and 90 degrees. Average snowfall is genarally 5 to 15 inches per year, and usually melts within a couple of days. Severe cold is normally of short duration. Balmy winter days are common. Golf, for example, can be played almost every day of the year.

There are six school districts within Las Animas County and a variety of schooling options available. Public Schools are located in Aguilar, Branson, Hoehne, Kim, Primero, and Trinidad. Additionally, there are also a number of Preschool, Kindergarten, and after school program options available.

The South Central Council of Governments provides day care, preschool services, and after school programming for a variety of ages via their Early Learning Center. The Head Start Program is also available in Las Animas County. A number of private, independent day care providers are also available to meet a variety of family needs. For additional information on available services, contact the Council of Governments directly at (719) 845-1133.

Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) offers s Associate Degree programs in a variety of disciplines. It is now possible to obtain a four-year degree through TSJC, the Colorado State University-Pueblo and Adams State College located in Alamosa. Additionally, TSJC offers a variety of specialized programs like the Energy Production & Industrial Construction Program (EPIC and others. A Customized Training program is also available that provides practical programming to meet your employer training needs.

For more information...

Las Animas County Clerk. 200 E. 1st St., Trinidad, CO 81082. Phone: (719) 846-3314.
Las Animas County Assessor. 200 E. 1st St., Trinidad, CO 81082. Phone: (719) 846-2295.
Official County Website.
Trinidad-Las Animas County Economic Development. 134 West Main Street, Suite 12 Trinidad, CO 81082. Phone: (719) 846-9412. Email:
Trinidad & Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce. Phone: 719-846-9285. Email:

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Towns and Villages in Las Animas County


Aguilar is situated in the heart of the Apishapa River Valley in south central Colorado, midway between Trinidad and Walsenburg.

Branson.  Branson is located on the plains of eastern Las Animas County.

Cokedale.  Once a model coal/coke mining community, Cokedale is named after the nearby rows of coke ovens. The town was founded in 1906 .

Kim.  Kim is a small ranching town in eastern Las Animas County.

Segundo.  Segundo was once the largest coal processing center west of Chicago, boasting 800 coking ovens.

Stonewall.  Stonewall is a village located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Highway 12.

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.)

Weston.  Weston, a village of spectacular scenery and rich history, is located about 20 miles west of Trinidad on Highway 12.

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Attractions in Las Animas County

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

Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area.   Deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, small game, wild turkey

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.

Monument Lake.   This high-altitude lake was constructed by the WPA in 1937.

North Lake - North Fork State Wildlife Area.   North Lake is home to four species of trout.

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

Sangre de Cristo Mountains.   

San Isabel National Forest.   San Isabel National Forest is one of eleven National Forests in Colorado. The Forest includes over one million acres of beautiful scenery with snow-capped mountain peaks, spring wildflowers, autumn colors, crystal clear mountain lakes, and clear blue skies to enjoy.

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.

Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area.   Deer, elk, rabbit, squirrel, turkey

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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