Getting Here


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.

Travel Times      

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.

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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.

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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


Trinidad Hospitality


El Corazon de Trinidad

El Corazon de Trinidad (“the heart of Trinidad”) National Historic District covers a particularly well-preserved portion of downtown Trinidad that includes many blocks of adobe and brick buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Established in 1861 along the Santa Fé Trail, Trinidad flourished from the late 1870s to the 1910s as the capital of southern Colorado’s coal-producing region.


Looking for a place to stay and eat, a bed and breakfast, full service hotel, room in a rustic lodge, RV park or campsite? Trinidad has accommodations and establishments that are perfect for you as you travel through Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.




La Quinta Inn & Suites Trinidad

Free high-speed internet access, an indoor pool and a complimentary breakfast with waffles are a few popular features that make La Quinta Inn and Suites Trinidad a hit with our guests. Microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers are provided in the 100 rooms, some non-smoking, at the three-story La Quinta Inn, and high-speed internet access, cable TV, free local calls and hairdryers are also standard. Get the day started right with a complimentary hot breakfast with waffles, and help yourself to free coffee in the lobby anytime. Enjoy a cardio workout in the fitness center, relax in the hot tub or take a dip in the indoor pool. There's also a business center, a lounge and a convenience store. Pets are allowed for a nightly fee and parking is free. La Quinta Inn & Suites is located off I-25, two miles from Trinidad 


Camping and RVs


Trinidad Lake State Park

There are two campgrounds at Trinidad Lake with a total of 73 sites. The South Shore Campground has ten non-electric sites within walking distance of the lake. All these RV-friendly sites have panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The Carpios Ridge Campground--located up on a ridge, 150 feet above the lake--has 63 campsites that can accommodate RVs, trailers or tents.

Reservation-only Camping Trinidad Lake State Park

Starting in 2019, it’s easier than ever for campers to reserve a campsite at Trinidad Lake State Park. Effective Jan. 1, 15 the park converted to a "reservation-only" system after it was tested successfully by five parks in 2018. Under the new system, campers can reserve a site, 24/7, anywhere from six months in advance up until the day of their arrival. For questions please call 800-244-5613.

Elm Street Train Depot RV Park

An iconic, historic, and architecturally significant building in Trinidad will play host to the 2019 Explore Las Animas Dirt Series. It serves as the central hub of the day’s festivities. All of the adventure rides will start and end here.

A limited number of vans and small RV vehicle spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. If you’re a van life enthusiast, or the type of person who prefers to sleep in the back of the truck, this is the place for you. Please not, reservations can only be made for the Friday and Saturday night of each scheduled adventure ride. The lot may not be used outside designated event dates.


Bed and Breakfast


Heart of Trinidad B&B

Beautiful western Victorian Bed & Breakfast in historic downtown Trinidad. Gorgeous King bedroom with private bathroom, cable TV, fireplace, antique 6' claw foot tub with handheld shower and free fast wifi.

Our Heart of Trinidad Bed & Breakfast caters to those traveling to or through the cozy, quaint mountain town of Trinidad, Colorado. As our guest, you’ll enjoy plenty of room in our famous 1898 home that is located in the downtown Main St. Historic District. The best restaurants, shopping, and cannabis dispensaries are all within easy walking distance.

We have 3 guest rooms – each including a beautiful antique fireplace, claw-foot tub, and private bathroom to ensure a relaxing stay. Guests also have shared access to an elegant parlour room, dining/entertainment room, and an inviting kitchen space with light amenities. Choose your breakfast and delivery time from our delicious menu the night before, and wake up to a delightful rocky-mountain-high morning.

Additional services are available upon request, including special event space rental, dinner packages, Highway of Legends day-trek excursions, bath bubbles, bath salts and candles.




Town or Country?

If you prefer to book a unique home and experience be sure to check out the options available in Trinidad. You can find homes in close walking or biking distance from downtown, or rustic country cabins outside the city lights.


Food and Drink


Trinidad Smokehouse

A locally family owned restaurant business located at Elm Street, adjacent to the Elm Street Train Depot and the Purgatoire River Walk. They have amazing BBQ, burgers, adult beverages and more. They have inside and outside seating options, including an outdoor stage. Great place to bring the whole bike crew, or the family to have a meal. It’s the “Best Smoke in Town”

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Brix Sports Bar & Grill

A locally owned sports bar/restaurant that is located in Trinidad's Downtown Historical District. The renovated building has exposed brick walls,stained concrete floors, steel accents, 12 beers on tap and 8 60' plasma high definition TVs. 

Brix serves a broad selection of fine American food including steaks, salads, sandwiches, and homemade Gourmet Burgers.

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Moose’s Social Club & Martini Bar

Moose’s is local hangout for the growing outdoor recreation community in Trinidad. It’s the place to saddle up at the bar with locals, or fellow travelers, and get the fishing report, learn about new bike trails and routes, places to check out, while drinking a cold beer or cocktail. It’s also a bistro for everyone. Inexpensive lunches with light gourmet touches, nothing fussy.

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Trinidad and Las Animas County have a magnificent four season climate for residents to enjoy throughout the year. Trinidad is situated on the front wall of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 6,025 ft above sea level. It’s location near the southern border of Colorado results in a semi-arid climate with approximately 14 inches of rainfall per year. The elevation, location, and low humidity combine to provide a moderate and comfortable dry climate.

Weather extremes are usually scattered and of short duration. Summers are warm and dry, with daytime temperatures in the 80 and 90 degree range. Due to elevation, a dusting of snow can occur as early as mid-September, but quickly gone and warm fall weather will often last until December. Severe cold is normally of short duration. Balmy days are also scattered throughout winter months. The dry air makes both heat and cold seem less severe than in other parts of the nation.

April and May are the wettest months, each averaging 3.5 inches of precipitation. The six winter months, October through March, each average less than 1 inch of precipitation.

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