resorts and ranches

Stone wall on the Highway of Legends
Photo by Jay Slater

Resorts and ranches near Trinidad are for living the western life amid dramatic vistas—whether you want contemplation on the lake’s shore, hiking to the mountaintop, quiet firelit evenings, or gourmet cooking, fishing, and horseback riding.

Monument Lake Resort & Campground
4789 Highway 12, Weston, CO

Though only minutes from the Highway of Legends, this beautiful fishing resort is a true getaway. The WPA-era, adobe-style lodge has 20 rooms with fireplaces. The resort also offers 13 cabins, RV and tent sites, bath house, laundry, and recreation room. The Store by the Shore carries flies, sundries, and gifts.

The Grubsteak Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a come-as-you-are-atmosphere. Outstanding venues and a wide variety of specialty menus are offered for occasions such as weddings, receptions, business conferences, and reunions.

The lake is stocked with rainbows, cutthroats, browns, splake, and kokanee salmon and is open for fishing year-round with a resort pass. Rental boats are available in season.

The resort welcomes day visitors for a modest fee. Call ahead for lodging reservations, as groups book early. Take Highway 12 (Highway of Legends) 37 miles west of Trinidad. Open mid-May through mid-September or mid-October.

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earth mountain farm

Earth Mountain Education Farm is a unique getaway that exemplifies a sustainable living farm with organic gardens, milking goats, horses, and great hiking trails. The farm is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo  Mountains at 8000 feet, an hour from Trinidad. Accommodations include primitive campsites, tepee accommodations, and RV camping (no hookups). A variety of hands-on workshops are available throughout the year.  Groups, families, and individuals are welcome. The farm is a great destination whether you are passing through, seeking a relaxing retreat, or looking for an in-depth learning vacation. Call ahead to book a site or visit: 719-680-0215 or

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Purgatoire Adventures Unlimited
38700 C.R. 165.4
Kim, CO 81049

Look no further for the authentic working-ranch vacation. Located in the red sandstone region east of Trinidad with its “mini–grand canyons,” the ranch raises grass-fed beef with no antibiotics or hormones. Each member of your group may customize his or her activities—fully experiencing ranch life with branding stock or taking leisurely horseback rides, being present at the birth of the newest member of the herd, even participating in an arts seminar. The ranch offers hunting, fee fishing, tours, pack trips. The “Unlimited” in the name is not an exaggeration for those seeking connection to the land and its rhythms. This not-often-seen region of Colorado is only 115 miles from the center of Trinidad. Call or email for reservations, options for your daytrip or longer stay, and directions.

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Middle Fork Resort
6878 Hwy 12
Weston, CO 81091

Large cabins with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms and full kitchens, as well as cozy cabins such as the Babbling Brook. Guests may fish in the pond and stream or in nearby lakes. There is some of the very best hunting in the nearby national forests and many hiking trails for exploring the great outdoors and viewing the abundant wildlife.

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Yellow Pine Ranch
15880 State Highway 12
Cuchara, CO 81055

A dude ranch where brooks babble, birds sing, and fish bite. This historic ranch at 8500 feet has barns of hand-hewn timbers, rail corrals and fences, and is bordered on the west and east by the wilderness of the San Isabel Forest. The ranch has horseback riding both for guests and for the public, fishing, barbeques, hiking, a large meeting barn (accommodates 60) for reunions and weddings. Cozy cabins are completely furnished and include fully equipped kitchens. The ranch is within walking distance of the village of Cuchara, which has excellent dining, a general store, and gift shops. A short drive away are Trinidad and La Veta and every attraction from golf to skateboarding and museums to boutiques. From Trinidad, travel 54 miles on Highway 12 to Cuchara. A bit further on, you will see the ranch sign on your right.

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