Trinidad, Colorado with the Rocky Mountains in the distance!
When we drive to Colorado from Texas, we always stop for the first night in the historic, quirky and artsy town of Trinidad. We happened to discover Trinidad on our first driving trip to Colorado…when our children were young and we were naive about traveling with a totally talkative four year old and a totally curious nine year old. Frankly, we thought that it might take two days to get out of Texas. We sort of regretted informing them of the significance of those Historical Markers!
It seems like we stopped at every single marker and were informed many miles ahead of when to expect another. Therefore, we could not make it to our first intended overnight stop. Cancel the reservation in Colorado Springs! Trinidad…you better get ready for us!
We found a Best Western or maybe a Holiday Inn. Tired. It’s a long drive from Fort Worth to Colorado! The next morning we drove around the town and immediately encountered a very inebriated guy standing and trying to direct traffic (not in a synchronized manner) in the middle of Main Street. There was no traffic, but he did look rather happy and disturbed at the same time. Our two children were shocked and disgusted (to say the least) by the sight. They talked about it on each subsequent Colorado trip.
Garden in downtown Trinidad
Naturally, we planned to stop in Trinidad for the first night of our recent Colorado trip. A friend asked why in the world would we stay THERE. I must have gotten a bit carried away talking about the street guy. She had remembered the incident for over twenty years. Really…she and her husband were not even going on the trip!
TRINIDAD IS A TRADITION FOR US! THE TOWN HAS CHANGED IMMEASURABLY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS…I GUESS THAT YOU COULD SAY THAT TRINIDAD REALLY DID SOME GROWING UP!!
Ornate downtown Trinidad building
According to official visitor information…”Few towns in Colorado have undergone such dramatic transformations as Trinidad. Just north of the New Mexico border and Raton Pass, Trinidad was a stop on the Santa Fee Trail and home to trappers, trader and early ranchers in the 1800s”
Main Street in Trinidad, late 1880s
What to see and what to do in Trinidad… according to information from the Trinidad Welcome Center…
1. History buffs will want to visit the Trinity History Museum. The museum showcases the Santa Fe Trail and how Trinidad played such a vital role as southeastern Colorado commerce developed. The museum includes the Corazon de Trinidad Historic District’s Boca House and Bloom Museum collections.
2. Prehistoric humans have lived in the nearby Trinchera Cave for thousands of years. Artifacts can be found at the Louden-Henritze Archeology Museum.
3. Camping, boating, fishing and hiking can be enjoyed at Trinidad Lake State Park.
4. Comanche National Grasslands is home to Picket Wire Canyonlands…the location of one of the most extensive dinosaur sites in North America.
5. Trinidad has been named a Certified Colorado Creative District. The Southern Colorado Repertory Theater is an important part of the district.
6. Santa Fe Trail Days is a Trinidad event in June that celebrates the historic trail. Artocade in September features a parade of artfully decorated cars.
Trinidad, Colorado…cultural and yet still a bit wild…and that is what makes this southeastern Colorado town an interesting stop for us!