The quality of life is exceptional in Trinidad and the surrounding Las Animas County. The area enjoys 4 gentle seasons. Trinidad has easy access via Interstate 25, and is only a few hours from Denver, Colorado Springs, Santa Fe, and Taos. The region is enjoying a surge of popularity as people from all over are moving in to embrace the friendly small town living and economic potential. Affordable mountain property and real estate has been one of the biggest attractions bringing people from all over the US to purchase their retirement property here in Southern Colorado.The area is popular for tourism recreation and a base.
There are opportunities for recreation and relaxation for everyone. Fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking, four-wheeling, wildlife, and hunting are just some of the recreational activities to be enjoyed. For a small town, cultural events abound. Museums, shopping, dining, numerous clubs, organizations, movie theaters, choirs, churches, and musical groups will keep anyone busy.Trinidad also boasts a world-class skate park, and Aquatic Park and disc golf course. Play golf at a historic course with views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
The Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre Company delights residents and visitors alike with professional theater, community theater, special theatrical events and educational programs for teens and youth. The Trinidaddio Blues Festival attracts music lovers from around the country to see top Blues performers. And you won’t want to miss Artocade, a fun and creative parade of art cars.
Summer also brings the weekly Farmer’s Market in Downtown Cimino Park, next to the river walk. Not only can you buy great produce and specialty food items, but you’ll run into friends and neighbors, or listen to some local music.
Downtown is designated a National Historic District, with some superb architecture. A unique feature of downtown Trinidad is it’s brick streets. Many of the historic buildings have or are undergoing renovation, seeing new life as shops, art galleries and businesses. The Trinidad Trolley offers free tours through town hourly from 10 a.m. every day, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Trinidad is also know for it’s growing artist’s community with nationally and regionally known artists drawing inspiration from the diverse landscape of the area. The Corazon de Trinidad Creative Art District is home to a high concentration of galleries, studios, and other creative industries. Redevelop of vacant space is underway to create more artist live-work space, studio space, galleries and retail space.Positioned between Santa Fe and Denver, the town makes a logical choice for those who want small town appeal, yet easy access to major markets. Art Treks with street entertainment and gallery and shop doors open are lively happenings on the last Friday evening of the month from May through October.
East of town as the foothills spill out onto the plains, one will find working farms and ranches, interspersed with rural residential housing. For people who want wide open views, the mesa tops and valleys east of Trinidad are ideal. The towns of Hoehne, Branson and Kim are east of Trinidad.
As one travels west from Trinidad along Highway 12, there are several small towns, each with its own unique qualities. First is Cokedale with its many old mining era homes, and the ruins of the coke ovens. Also along the route are Primero, Segundo and Weston. Once old coal mining towns, they now are the hub of activity for Coal Bed Methane extraction. Many mountain property developments lie along the county roads that snake up the canyons and ridge tops from these towns.
Huerfano, (pronounced WAR-FA-NO), County is known as the land of “History, Mystery & Fascination. The towns of Walsenburg, La Veta and Cuchara form a semi circle around the prominent landmark of the twin mountains, The Spanish Peaks. Many rural developments are scattered throughout the county, offering spectacular scenery and wide open spaces. The area boasts a wealth of recreational opportunities including some of the best fishing in the state. The San Isabel National Forest is south and west of Walsenburg, around the Spanish Peaks and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
La Veta & Cuchara
La Veta is situated on the eastern side of La Veta Pass through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. To the south of town is the foot of the West Spanish Peak and the eighteen hole, Tom Weiskopf designed Grandote Golf Course.
Cuchara, Colorado is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the heart of the Cucharas River Valley. The town is surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest with all its’ lakes, mountains and wilderness.