Thursday, July 8, 2010

Colorado Chronicles : Trinidad

On the Colorado-New Mexico border in southern Colorado, the city of  Trinidad is nestled at 6000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Once, Trinidad was a major stopping point on the Santa Fe Trail, on which William Becknell made the first known trading expedition between Missouri and Santa Fe. In its Wild West Days, Trinidad was home to and visited by many famous men, including Bat Masterson as Town Marshall. Wyatt and Virgil Earp and Doc Holliday arrived in Trinidad right after the Gunfight at the OK Corral. In 1826, a young apprentice saddle maker called the city home. You know him as Kit Carson. Today Trinidad is home to several museums ranging from art museums to the Koshare Indian Museum, as well as good fishin' and camping at Trinidad Lake State Park. Also on the outdoors agenda is a round of golf at Cougar Canyon, named by some as one of the Top Ten Courses You Can Play in the US. There is also ample opportunity to do some shopping while in town. I have passed through Trinidad countless times, and let me tell you that's it's a beautiful town with a little something for everyone. So, the next time you head for Denver, be sure to exit at Trinidad on I-25 and spend some time. It's a real neat place.

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