Trinidad Lake State Park, located three miles west of Trinidad and off Highway 12, offers visitors a wide variety of water and land activities amid the scenic splendor of the Purgatoire River Valley. Trinidad Lake provides water for boating, sailing, water skiing and fishing. Hiking trails, camping facilities and the natural beauty of the setting make the area an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers excellent fishing opportunities, stocked regularly by the Colorado Division of Wildlife with rainbow trout. The lake also contains walleye, largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. A cement boat ramp and courtesy docks are located on the northeast shore of the lake.
Outdoors enthusiasts and hikers will enjoy the ten miles of hiking trails the park contains. The Levsa Canyon Trail has a one-mile, self-guided walk that is perfect for a short, informative hike. For the avid hiker, the Reilly Canyon Trail continues four miles further west toward the Reilly Canyon entrance and the historical town of Cokedale. Long's Canyon Watchable Wildlife Area, which is located on the southeast corner of the park, offers a 3/4 mile hiking trail along Long's Creek. The trail leads to two observation blinds that overlook a wetland habitat. A variety of wildlife species, including hawks, migratory waterfowl, beaver, turkey, coyote, deer and elk can occasionally be seen in this area. Long's Pond has been stocked with catfish, bass and tiger muskies.
Camping facilities at the state park include campsites, which can accommodate tents, pick-up campers and trailers. There are showers, flush toilets, a dump station, electrical hookups and laundry facilities available. There are five special campsites and facilities provided for persons with disabilities. Group camping facilities are also available on a reservation basis. Individual picnic sites are scattered throughout the park and each site offers a picnic table (some covered), along with a cooking grill.. Group picnic facilities are ideal for family gatherings, reunions or meetings, and are also available on a reservation basis. A fee is required to enter the park. Fees are also associated with camping and group activities. Annual park passes and discounted passes for Colorado seniors are available at the Park Visitor Center. Colorado residents with disabilities may apply for a special discounted pass and Colorado veterans with disabled vet plates on their vehicle do not require a park pass.
Attractions include an archaeological site featuring the remains of Native American dwellings. A functional horno (Native American cooking oven) is available for public use. Recipes and a brochure explaining how to use the horno for traditional White Bread and Sopas are available at the Visitor Center. Sit back and relax around an evening campfire talk, which takes place every Friday and Saturday night, on topics such as birds of prey, Native American histories, and this region's coal mining legacy. Wedged between the beautiful backdrops of Fisher's Peak and the Spanish Peaks, the 800 surface acre lake has six nature trails for hikers with interpretive signage in the park. Phone 719-846-6951 or go to their park web site more information.