Trinidad Lake

Quick Facts

Trinidad Lake

Colorado

(719) 846-7990

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Things To Do

Overview

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains Sangre De Cristo Range at elevation 6200 feet on the Purgatoire River, and bordered by the historic Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad Lake State Park offers boating, hiking and camping year round. Trinidad Lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout and offers largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and walleye. Anglers may fish at any point along the shore or lake except boat docks and ramps. A Colorado fishing license is required. Trinidad Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer managed lake, however the recreation areas and campgrounds are managed by Colorado State Parks.

For visitors there are many exciting recreational activities to do Trinadad Lake and the surrounding park. The mild climate and large lake are ideal for water sports. Anglers catch rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, crappie and bluegill. All types of boaters appreciate the open waters and modern services. There are also miles of trails winding through ancient and interesting local history, and spectacular scenery provide visitors and nature enthusiasts with great outdoor exploration opportunities.

Map of Trinidad Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 37.135034, -104.584198

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 800-surface-area Trinidad Lake with summer water temperatures around 70 degrees, holds many opportunities for water-lovers. Visitors can enjoy water-skiing, windsurfing, boat fishing and jet-skiing.

    The water level at Trinidad Lake can fluctuate. Boaters are warned to be especially alert to submerged hazards and must observe the Colorado boating statutes and regulations, available at the park office and entrances.

  • Bicycling

    With over nine miles of trails and numerous paved and unpaved access roads, Trinidad Lake State Park offers a wide range of opportunities for street and mountain biking. Cold-weather enthusiasts enjoy biking in the winter.

  • Camping

    While there's plenty to explore in the park, many visitors make the modern campgrounds with 73 tent, trailer or RV sites an ideal "home base" for touring area attractions.

  • Fishing

    Anglers from boat or shore can reel in warm- or cold-water fish like rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, crappie, bluegill and wipers.

  • Hiking

    There's so much to see on Trinidad's trails! Several trails reward eager explorers wanting to learn, exercise or conduct nature study. Sights range from open vistas, to grasslands, forests, cliffs and ponds. Cold-weather enthusiasts can enjoy hiking all winter.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horses are allowed on the South Shore area of Trinidad Lake.

  • Hunting

    Opportunities are available.

  • Picnicking

    After playing on the lake or the park, hungry explorers can relax at one of several individual picnic tables. Lakeside tables next to boat ramps are available for great fishing access. Covered shelters with grills, access to potable water and flush restrooms are found on the overlook.

  • Water Sports

    Popular water sports at the lake include water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, and multiple kinds of boating.

Seasonality/Weather

The lake is open year-round.

Directions

Driving

Drive three miles west of Trinidad on Colorado Highway 12, the "Scenic Highway of Legends."

Flying

Closest airport is located two and a half hours away in Colorado Springs

Phone Numbers

Primary

(719) 846-7990

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