Wayne D. Lewis / CPW

Anticipation for the opening of Fishers Peak as Colorado’s 42nd state park continues to grow across the state and beyond. The iconic peak pictured here welcomes visitors from north and south of Trinidad.

Visitors and residents of Trinidad don’t have to travel far in order to enjoy the majestic Colorado outdoors; be it mountains, forests, prairies or rivers. With the addition of Fishers Peak as the 42nd  Colorado State Park, access to a large variety of outdoor recreation will soon be right in our backyard with many opportunities already present with Trinidad Lake State Park.

In a recent article posted to Colorado Outdoors, Barr Lake State Park Manager Michelle Seubert listed nine most overlooked state parks with both Trinidad Lake State Park and Fishers Peak making the lineup.

Fishers Peak, listed as number one

Projected to open in May 2020, Colorado’s 42nd state park will also be its second-largest park. This park will not only preserve vital corridors for wildlife, but will also act as a premier mountain biking and hiking destination.

The sight is already a home to endangered species. Biologists surveying the Fishers Peak property have discovered the 19,200-acre former ranch is home to the federally endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

Spanning from the New Mexico border north along the east side of I-25 to the south side of Trinidad, the property’s iconic peak and diverse landscape of grasslands, forests, rugged mountain and vast meadows are the first views you see crossing over the state line into Colorado.

Until park plans are put in place, the property will remain closed to the public. Project partners are planning guided trips and ways to gather input during the process before the state park is opened.

Trinidad Lake State Park, listed as number eight

Sunshine, great fishing, water sports, abundant birds and wildlife, rich history and heritage abound at this southernmost gem. Throw a line in and cook up your catch over a campfire as you lounge at one of 73 campsites in two campgrounds. Wander historic sites such as the coal mining ruins at Cokedale and the Santa Fe Trail.

The park offers numerous activities throughout the year from musical performances at their amphitheater to their first Polar Plunge at the end of this month on February 29.

Facilities at the park include a visitor center, archery range, basic campsites, boat ramp, campsites with electrical, dump station, full-hookup campsites, group campground, group picnic area, laundry, mooring/docking, picnic sites, and showers.

For recreational opportunities, the park boasts a long list with hiking, boating, cross-country skiing/snowshoeing, fishing, geocaching, hiking, horseback trails, hunting, ice fishing, ice skating, jet skiing, ranger/nature programs, sail/paddle sports, water skiing, wildlife/bird viewing, winter camping. At Trinidad Lake, visitors can roll any or all of these attractions into an outstanding day, weekend or extended vacation.

For more information on Trinidad State Park, please visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

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