The county of Las Animas in south-eastern Colorado is home to the dammed reservoir known as Trinidad Lake. The lake takes its name from the nearby town of Trinidad twenty miles north of Raton, NM. Lying in the heart of Trinidad Lake State Park, this is the perfect place to spend a weekend on the water, boating, fishing, or enjoying the breathtaking mountain views. The park is enclosed on all sides by rolling hills of majestic green, offering some of the best hiking spots in all of Colorado.
Rambling your way through the pinyon-juniper woodland of the park's uplands, you are sure to encounter wild elk, deer, and maybe even a rarely sighted mountain lion! Trinidad Lake State Park holds one of the best examples in the world of the K-T boundary, the boundary between Mesozoic and Cenozoic geological eras. For hikers, lovers of the water and nature enthusiasts, Trinidad Lake State Park is the place for you. Book an RV in Las Animas County today, and begin your Trinidad Lake State park journey!
As the name suggests, one of the biggest attractions in the state park is Trinidad Lake. Take a boat out onto the tranquil water and leave all your worries behind at the shoreline. With a dedicated boat ramp and seasonal docks, spending your time here, water skiing and jet skiing has never been easier. Some of the best fishing can be found on Trinidad lake, whether it’s from the comfort of the shore or the deck of your boat. Species such as rainbow trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill are here in abundance and you will not be disappointed.
Camping with an RV in Trinidad Lake State Park will open up many opportunities in the realm of hiking. Whether you are a beginner or expert, there is a trail for you. Levsa Canyon Trail is a moderate one-mile self-guided walk that loops around the campground. The walk offers varied terrain and copious views of the lake, mountain, and woodlands. It is the perfect hike for beginners and those wishing not to exert themselves too much. For the more experienced or enthusiastic hiker, take the Reilly Canyon Trail that branches off from Levsa. This will lead you on a four-mile hike towards the canyon entrance and the historic town of Cokedale.
In addition to the numerous hiking trails, lakeside pastimes, and nature-spotting opportunities, Trinidad Lake State Park is also equipped with its own archery range. Open from sunrise to sunset you can test your aim with a bow and arrow on their ten and fifty-yard ranges.
Camping At Trinidad State Park
Those of you with an RV rental has the choice between two campsites when camping at Trinidad State Park. With a combined total of 73 sites, you are sure to find a location that suits your needs. Within a short walk of Trinidad Lake, the South Shore campground comprises of ten non-electrical sites complete with there own vault toilets and water taps. All sites have shaded shelters and fire pits. Several of the sites are pull-through, although only one is accessible for people with disabilities.
Carpios Ridge Campground is situated on a ridge 150 feet above Trinidad Lake. As the larger of the two, this camp has 63 campsites that accommodate RV’s, trailers and tents. Full hookups are available at seven of the sites, but all sites have 50 amp electrical hookups. The camper service building is open from mid-March to mid-October with coin-operated showers, laundry service, and flushing toilets.
Exploring The Area
Halfway between the cities of Walsenburg and Springer, NM is the city of Trinidad. The city itself has a long, rich history and marks its place as a key destination to discover the history and development of the American West. Any day trip here will educate as well as entertain and is a must-visit location for anyone with a Trinidad camper rental.
Explore Trinidad’s past and its key place in the American West at The Trinidad History Museum. The museum features several attractions on one block is known as Trinidads historic district. Take a look at Bloom Mansion, a perfect example of 19th-century architecture, the friendly and knowledgeable staff relate information about the Bloom family and their place in local history,
For those choosing to camp in an RV near Trinidad, you will find yourselves a short drive away from Fishers Peak. At the side of Interstate 25, Fishers Peak holds the distinction of being the highest mountain from its longitude all the way east in the United States. Even if you’re not up to scaling this giant of a mountain, the awe-inspiring view alone is worth the short travel from Trinidad Lake State Park.
A trip to Trinidad's A.R Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art is well worth a visit. Whether you are an ardent art lover or have barely dipped your toe in the world of art, this museum will have something for everyone. Known as the hidden gem of western art, the museum displays a vast collection of over 350 paintings and illustrations by Mitchell and his contemporaries. The museum is also home to a collection of early Hispanic traditional and religious art, as well as Native American artifacts.