The 10 Best Things to Do in Trinidad, United States

March 29, 2018 Agatha Simes

Trinidad is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,096 as of the 2010 census, up slightly from 9,078 in 2000. The estimate as of 2012 was 8,771. Trinidad lies 21 mi (33 km) north of Raton, New Mexico, and 195 mi (305 km) south of Denver. Trinidad is situated on the historic Santa Fe Trail.
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1. Trinidad Lake State Park

32610 State Highway 12, Trinidad, CO 81082-9581 +1 719-846-6951
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

Trinidad Lake State Park

Reviewed By Rita B

We came here specifically to see the layer of iridium rich rock that is evidence of an asteroid impact which may explain the extinction of dinosaur species on earth. Pretty exciting stuff. It isn't a long hike, though you will drive a couple of miles to the trailhead. When you hike on the well-signed path, you will quite probably see some wildlife. We saw a flock of wild turkeys! When you get to the area of the K/T boundary - there are great informational signs to help you locate and understand what you are seeing.

The park itself is lovely and expansive with multiple ecosystems - riparian, grasslands, forests, etc. And there is boating, fishing, camping, hiking to do as well. The wildflowers are amazing!

Don't miss the coke ovens at Cokedale!

2. Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company

36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO 81082-9788 +1 719-846-2339
Excellent
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5 based on 28 reviews

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company

The Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company is an independent, traditional microbrewery located in Trinidad, CO. We typically have 10 beers on tap in our taproom. Taproom hours are: Monday - Closed Tuesday - 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Wednesday - Closed Thursday - 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday - 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM Sunday - Noon to 6:00 PM

Reviewed By ReallyNiceClark - Edmond

Mountains and craft beer, great combinations. They have about 12 flavors on tap that flow about 10ft away from the mother ship. Carrie is super laid back, friendly and can fill growlers to your hearts desire.
Stop by for a cold one or two or grab a growler for home.

3. Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial

West Main Street, Trinidad, CO
Excellent
61%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial

Reviewed By Durwoody - Dallas

We were looking for the museum, but our GPS was kind of useless. We just parked and walked around and found the memorial. It has a dominant spot on the street and is very well done. The canary statue actually caught my attention first. I loved that it had some interesting history about the use of canaries in mines.

Unfortunately, the museum was closed so I did not get much information about the history of the coal miners. The sign said it is closed on Wednesday and Sunday. Hours are 11 am to 5 p.m. I looked into the window, but didn't see much on the walls, but took a couple of photos of the window display. This ended up being a quick stop to see the memorial.

4. A. R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art

150 E Main St, Trinidad, CO 81082-2709 +1 719-846-4224
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

A. R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art

A Hidden Gem of Cowboy Art! Arthur Roy Mitchell painted iconic western scenes featuring cowboys, horses, cattle and vast beautiful landscapes that captured the hearts and minds of pulp western readers from the 1930's to today. The largest collection of his work is proudly displayed at the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, in downtown Trinidad, Colorado. Plan a visit to view this beautiful collection and we hope you'll become a member and support our efforts to keep his art alive and on display for generations to come.

Reviewed By elbrooks - Caseyville, Illinois

I'm so glad that we rearranged our trip so we could be here when the museum was open. We enjoyed our visit. We had never heard of A. R. Mitchell before planning our trip, but my husband loves all things Western so I knew he would enjoy it. We both did! If you are in Trinidad, be sure to visit. It's well worth the $5.00 admission.

5. Steam Engine 638

457 W Main St, Trinidad, CO 81082, Trinidad, CO 81082-2623
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 30 reviews

Steam Engine 638

Reviewed By Drew M - Flagstaff, Arizona

Historic steam engine that used to run on the C&S line. Not too much to see but the engine and a few cars. It is all blocked off by a fence. Cool history of you like trains.

6. Trinidad History Museum

300 E Main St, not open October, Trinidad, CO 81082-2713 +1 719-846-7217
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Trinidad History Museum

Reviewed By Robert H - Lomita, California

We were delighted by the Trinidad History Museum. The exhibits were not extensive, but gave a wonderful picture of life in Trinidad from it founding. We were particularly interested in the city's connection to the Santa Fe Trail which lead right through town.

7. Trinidad Trolley

Colorado Welcome Center, Trinidad, CO +1 719-846-9512
Excellent
73%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Trinidad Trolley

Reviewed By GaryTracySr - Whitesboro, Texas

Friends recommended taking the free trolly. The driver was humorous, knowledgeable, and entertaining. Driver made the trip, she was raised in trinidad and threw in a lot of personal stories and information about the historic town. Tour lasted about an hour, one tour goes to the mural at the hospital. The other tour goes to the archeological museum. Tours alternate between places. Both stops are for about 10 minutes and she gave a good history of the mural. Would recommend to anyone.
Only drawback is that its at the Colorado Welcome Center and the welcome center itself is under renovation and has been moved to 312 main street in a small store front with limited parking. Tour size was relatively small so did not have any waiting time.

8. Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre

131 W Main St, Trinidad, CO 81082-2617 +1 719-846-4765
Excellent
77%
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5 based on 21 reviews

Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre

Reviewed By Stan652 - Trinidad, Colorado

Whatever these guys are doing don't change it. The performance I saw last fall was fantastic. I heard that they helped the town get the Colorado destination as a Creative District, and I believe it. My hat is off to the creative soles that had anything to do with this. I can't wait for their next performance. I believe it will be Our Town.

9. Simpson's Rest

Trinidad, CO 81082
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Simpson's Rest

Reviewed By jeepsgone - Seattle, Washington

I was on my way to Amarillo on a long long road trip ultimately too Nashville Tennessee and not the kind of road trip you stop every five minutes.

But I am so happy I took the time to stop at Simpson's Rest it takes just 5 minutes to drive up there from the highway as easy as can be, get out of your car on a nice sunny day and look across the valley as far as your eye can see. Its oddly quiet yet you can hear the muffled town noises from down below. Its kind of dirty with broken glass, graffiti in places etc., but its cool. The kind of place you picture teenagers going too at night with a view making out. The big sign is pretty stunning too and its just a fun place to unwind for a bit.

Stop and see it, great view!!!

10. Most Holy Trinity Church

235 N Convent St, Trinidad, CO 81082-2615 +1 719-846-3369
Excellent
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Most Holy Trinity Church

Reviewed By Blaize S

This church was built in 1886. It is old and lovely and has high, high ceilings. The stained glass windows are really beautiful and worth looking at, no matter what your religious affiliation.

The doors to the church are open 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Stop in to see the beauty of the windows and statues, and take some time for quiet thought and reflection.

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