Trinidad Trolley Tour
Free tours of Trinidad are hourly from 10:00 a.m. every day, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The last tour leaves at 2 p.m. The trolley departs from the Welcome Center at 309 Nevada and from downtown trolley stops. For private group reservations winter or summer, call 719-846-9843 x133.
Haunted Corazón Tour
June 8 through October, take an evening stroll through the Corazón (heart) of Trinidad with chilling tales of ghastly ghosts, mysterious murders, shaky showdowns, and Old West characters running wild in the streets. Why did the infamous Billy the Kid want to scalp all the doctors in Trinidad? Why do Shadow People linger in the Columbian Hotel? Tours Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm leave wind, rain, or shine from Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main. Tickets available at Fabilis Wings (103 W. Main St) and Corazon Gallery before the tour or call 719-680-4721 for reservations. $10 adults, $5 children aged 5-12; children under 5 free. Note: Tours are generally PG in nature, but some may be too mature for younger audiences.
Home Sweet Home Tour
For group tours of all museums, see Museums.
Heritage Gardens Tour
Guided tours of the Heritage Gardens at the Trinidad History Museum are every Friday at 10am, June through September. Visitors may also take self-guided tours at other times.
Earth Mountain Education Farm offers unique farm tours on Sundays with a fresh organic lunch provided from on-site gardens. The farm is about an hour from Trinidad, off the Highway of Legends, at an altitude of 8,000 feet. Tours include the sustainable systems of the farm, organic gardens, greenhouse, short hiking trails, and visits with the friendly farm animals: goats, chickens, and horses. Earth Mountain offers a memorable experience in sustainable living. Call ahead to enjoy this Sunday tour: 719-680-0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The folks at Spahn & Friends Bison Ranch will entertain you with a fascinating tour of their working buffalo ranch, located in a picturesque valley just an hour southeast of Trinidad. After the tour, stay for a buffalo burger picnic or camp in a grove of trees next to an old sheepherder’s cabin.
Morning and afternoon tours by reservation on Mondays & Fridays, mid-June thru Labor Day, or by special arrangement. Spahn & Friends Bison Ranch, 575-278-2316 spahn-friends.com
From Trinidad, go east on Main Street and beyond about 7.5 miles and turn right onto Highway 160. Continue for about 18 miles. You will see an antenna tower on the left just before your right turn onto County Road 113. Go about 9 miles on this road that aims straight for the mesa through unfenced pastures. Turn left at Road 8.8. Go another 5 miles and stop, if you like, at Trinchera, one of the few intact mining towns left in the area, (population now about 7). Go south on Road 19.8 (at the still-operating Trinchera post office) and continue about 7 miles, where you will turn right at Heartland Road A36. A couple more miles and you are there.
On the banks of the Purgatoire River more than 150 million years ago, dinosaurs left over 1300 footprints, the largest dinosaur tracksite in North America. What did cowboys think of the tracks? How did a young schoolgirl reveal them to the world? Guides will answer these questions and more.
Paleontologists continue to find giant fossils belonging to the canyon’s former inhabitants—santafetrailscenicandhistoricbyway.org/pcarticle.html.
The only convenience along the route is four toilets. Otherwise, bring it with you: your own four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicle; high-top hiking boots and old tennies in case you want to cross the river; long jeans, sun hat, rain gear, and layers for changes in weather; lots of drinking water (at least one gallon per person); insect repellent, a first-aid kit with any needed medications along with an EPI-PEN if you are allergic to insect stings. Pets are OK if restrained. Encounters with rattlesnakes, scorpions, and centipedes are rare, but be prepared to watch where you step and sit. Spring and fall are the best times to go.
All-day tours (8am-4pm) on Saturdays in April, May, June, Sept, Oct. Additional tour dates available for groups. Call the Comanche National Grassland office at 719-384-2181 to reserve a space. Tours are popular and fill up fast.
From La Junta (87 miles northeast of Trinidad on Highway 350), go 13 miles south on Hwy 109. Turn right (west) on Road 802 (David Canyon Road) and continue for 8 miles. Turn left (south) on Road 25 and go 6 miles. Turn left at Picket Wire Corrals onto Road 500A. Travel along 500A for 3 miles, following the signs to Withers Canyon Trailhead.
From dawn to dusk only, you may also hike, use a nonmotorized bike, or ride horseback into this area. See Recreation Activities.
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Tour historic Yellow Pine Ranch by horseback through pastures, streams, and forest. Rides are available during the summer months for adults and children ages 7 and up. Two-hour tours are available mornings, 9am-11am. One-hour afternoon tours are at 12, 2, and 4. The owners may be doing ranch chores, so call before 9am or after 5pm if you don’t get an answer during regular hours. Tours are by reservation only. Yellow Pine Ranch is just beyond Cuchara on Highway 12, west of Trinidad. 719-742-3528, yellowpine.us.
Regular tours of the flora and fauna at Trinidad Lake State Park are informative and entertaining. You may also schedule a custom tour for your group.
The Ave Maria Shrine is located in a serene setting behind Mt. San Rafael Hospital. Individuals and groups are welcome.
Canyon Journeys Tour
Canyon Journeys offers tours of rugged canyons, unusual rock formations, and rock art created by early Plains Indians as well as tours of regional WPA structures. Backroads tours and evening scenic tours to watch for wildlife are also offered. Guesthouse with all amenities available. 719-643-5414, canyon-journeys.com.
Mission: Wolf, a solar-powered wolf sanctuary in the Colorado mountains near Trinidad, is an inspiration for all humans who enjoy the connection with our fellow species. The tour is enlightening, and the voluntary meet & greet session is the experience of a lifetime for anyone who has never cuddled one of these beautiful creatures. If you are chosen by one of the discriminating “ambassador wolves,” you may receive the acknowedgment of a thorough face licking. The sanctuary is open year-round to educate visitors about wolves.
From Trinidad, take I-25 northwest for 38 miles to Walsenburg. From there, access Hwy 69 to the small rural community of Gardner. Follow Highway 69 west from Gardner for 2 miles, then turn right on Gardner Road (County Road 634, a dirt road.) Follow Gardner Road for 13.5 miles to the Blue Spring State Land Trust sign and turn right after the cattleguard. Follow the Mission:Wolf driveway 1.5 miles along a fence line and across the field, all the way up the hill to the sanctuary.
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