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The view alone is enough to draw thousands of visitors to Las Animas County and Trinidad every year. The Sangre de Cristo mountains, the rolling foothills and gorgeous collection of trees, lakes and rivers combine to provide a setting that is second to none in natural beauty. A friendly populace, several museums, historical sites, destinations for family entertainment, restaurants, taverns, stores and boutiques complement unparalleled scenery to create the perfect visit.
Travelers approaching from the south by car are greeted by the Colorado Welcome Center. Centrally located, the center provides traffic and weather reports in addition to destination information and routing suggestions.
One of Trinidad’s many attractions is Fisher’s Peak, the most distinctive landmark in the area. A mountain that dominates Trinidad’s skyline, Fisher’s Peak formed naturally by lava overflow and rises 9,600 feet. Another dramatic image is Simpson’s Rest. Named after famous explorer George Simpson, who is buried at the top of the sandstone bluff, Simpson’s Rest is accessible by car. The top of the bluff provides a breathtaking view of Trinidad, the Purgatoire River Valley, Fisher’s Peak and the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Sprawling acres of untouched land are a treasure for anyone visiting the Las Animas County area. The jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife make this a must-see for nature enthusiasts.
Historical monuments are on display throughout Las Animas County. The Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial was dedicated in 1997 in recognition of the generations of coal miners who worked in the area and helped build Trinidad’s industrial, economic and cultural base. The memorial is located in downtown Trinidad, and displays names of past and present coal miners.
Approximately 14 miles north of Trinidad is Ludlow, home of the Ludlow Massacre Monument. The monument sits at the site of the infamous battle between organized mine laborers and a mineowner-funded militia.
The famed Santa Fe Trail is 900 miles long and was used for commercial activity during the 1800s and 1900s, and helped to establish trade lines as well as providing a cultural link between groups of varying ethnicities and religious backgrounds. The trail spanned from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Missouri. Today, history buffs tour the trail either by car or rail.
As easily accessible as the Santa Fe Trail is the Scenic Highway of Legends. Also known as Highway 12, this 80-mile, approximately two-hour drive takes a circular path near many historical structures, beautiful landscapes, the Trinidad Lake State Park, Cokedale, Stonewall, Monument Lake and many other points of interest.
Trinidad is also home to several museums. First and foremost, is the Trinidad History Museum, which explores the biggest events and turning points of the community’s past. The Old Firehouse No. 1 Children’s Museum offers families a hands-on history lesson and the experience of a day in the life of a resident from Trinidad’s early days. Other museums include the Louden-Henritze Archeology Museum and the A.R. Mitchell Museum & Gallery.
In addition to supplying an unforgettable view for visitors and residents alike, the scenic landscape in and around Las Animas County and Trinidad provides a perfect setting for more than 100 local artists who find serenity in painting, photography and arts and crafts. Art galleries such as the Eagle Totem Gallery serve as a forum for artists to display their works. Other interests such as stained glass or wood carving also have a home in Las Animas County. The Corazon Gallery in Trinidad features a wide range of oil, pastels, watercolor, photography, fused and stained glass, pottery and sculpture.