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Trinidad State Park, located just west of Trinidad and Interstate 25 near the New Mexico border, is one of those great-unknown Colorado parklands. A long dam formed the park’s 900-acre, three-mile-long lake across the Purgatoire River for flood control and irrigation. This land is steeped in history with many Native American archeological sites and old coal mining communities submerged beneath the water. Fishermen come to catch rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, and walleye, while boats and water-skiers dot the lake on busy weekends. The scenic park is dominated by 14,069-foot Culebra Peak to the west and 9,655-foot Fishers Peak, a Santa Fe Trail landmark, on the southern skyline.
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Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green