With a diversified economy having evolved as a result of the local mining industry crash in 1985, Las Animas County and Trinidad have a healthy, varied commercial climate. Ranching, farming, transportation, natural gas exploration, a growing art community and tourism are among the leading enterprises in the area.
The biggest employers include the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Pioneer Natural Resources, Trinidad State Junior College, School District #1, Mt. San Rafael Hospital, the City of Trinidad, Las Animas County, Purgatoire Valley Construction and the Trinidad State Nursing Home.
Moreover, Trinidad and Las Animas County welcome new business into the community. The Las Animas County industrial park is currently under expansion of its second phase. Presently, Phase I, which is filled, provides 115 acres of development space. Phase II will provide over 100 additional acres. The new lots will include water, roads, sewers, utilities, gas and telecommunications. The industrial park is conveniently located off of I-25 and is home to companies such as Burlington Northern Santa Fe, McKeown Industries, Wilson Supply, Stoneco Inc. and Danielson’s Design.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad allows for industries to easily ship and receive goods and materials. Easy, efficient railroad access has proven to be a big asset to the business community in Trinidad.
Las Animas County is rich with natural resources. Coal-bed methane drilling is experiencing a large increase in business. Due to this business increase, small manufacturers are encouraged to join the community.