Day or Less Away
Trinidad-Las Animas County is at the center of the major markets in the southwest, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Amarillo to the east, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston to the southeast, and Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Tucson to the West. Denver and Colorado Springs are less than a half a day away to the north.
The City of Trinidad sits at the base of Raton Pass, which is the second busiest gateway to Colorado on I-25. It carries more tourism traffic than any other point of entry in the state. The location of I-25 through the community make the City of Trinidad a unique and advantageous outdoor recreation hub in southern Colorado.
Our central location is reflected in the following average driving times:
Denver 190 miles - 3 hours
Albuquerque 251 miles - 3 hrs 35 min
Amarillo 236 miles - 3 hrs 40 min
Dallas 596 miles - 9 hrs
El Paso 439 miles - 7 hrs
Houston 858 miles - 12 hrs 15 min
Oklahoma City 464 miles - 7 hrs 20 min
In addition, there is daily Amtrak train service from Los Angeles and Chicago, with Kansas City along the way.
Interstate 25 intersects the City of Trinidad north to south and provides six city exits. U.S Highway 350 and 160 enter the community from northeast. State Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, winds west and north from the City of Trinidad towards the pristine mountains of the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Greyhound Bus lines operate 11 buses per day through Trinidad, providing easy connections for passengers and small freight, to the north, south, and southwest via I-25 corridor.
Amtrak Southwest Chief
Between the tinsel of Hollywood and the City of Broad Shoulders lie 2,256 miles of the most spectacular scenery in America. A place to discover natural beauty on a memorable journey that will take you from Southern California through the unique rock formations of Arizona, past Native American country in New Mexico, alongside snow-capped peaks in Colorado, and finally, cutting a swath through the orderly farms and the fruited plains of the Kansas, Missouri and Illinois heartlands. Spectacular sunsets, prairie dogs at play, haunting desert beauty, high elevations, dark tunnels, exciting curves and switchbacks are all part of the experience.
The Southwest Chief is an indirect successor to the famed Santa Fe Super Chief, operated until Amtrak took over provision of the nation’s passenger services. It had been the first Diesel-powered and all-Pullman (sleeping car) train in the U.S., and was that railroad’s standard bearer, making its maiden run in 1936. Known as the “Train of the Stars,” it was famous for its gourmet meals and Hollywood celebrity clientele, fairly setting the bar for luxury rail travel. At the height of its popularity, it made daily departures from both ends of the line.Maintaining its legendary high service level until May 1, 1971, the Santa Fe railroad ended its passenger operations on that date.
Today the Southwest Chief® is still the same unsurpassed route offering the awesome natural wonders of the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe Trail, Raton Pass, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Sedona Red Cliffs and the Continental Divide –tracing most of the original route of the former Super Chief® between America’s heartland and the west coast. On board, you will experience the comfort and relaxation of train travel while witnessing some of the very best American cultural and geographic icons.
Visitors are encouraged to park at one of the following public accessible locations:
400-498 block of Nevada Ave, located under I-25
457 W. Main Street, Safeway parking lot
300 W. Main Street, SE corner at intersection of Main and Animas Street
430 Chestnut Street, La Puerta de Colorado