Any road you begin your trip on in Colorado can lead you to the enchanting City of Trinidad, the southernmost city in the state on Interstate 25. What will you find when you arrive? Outdoor adventure abounds in the State Parks, city parks, riverwalk, and trails – hiking, cycling, bocce ball, skating, fishing, kayaking, and more! Our clean air and clear, crisp waters, our mountain vistas, and rolling plains are just the things one needs to feed the spirit and kindle a reconnect with nature.
A Relaxing Road Trip to Monument Lake Park Along the Scenic Highway of Legends
Traveling the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway loop will take you up into the mountains at 10,000 feet and down into the flat plains. Driving out onto this lovely, empty backroad is about as wonderful as it gets. You’ll drive through historic cities and towns, former mining camps, and even a few ghost towns. You’ll see ancient geologic features that have formed the surrounding landscape over millennia. To highlight your travels, download the accompanying Scenic Highway of Legends TravelStorys app on Google Apps to hear tales of the old West, learn about the coal and steel production that built America, and hear about the people who made it happen, the lives they lived here, the legends, the ghost stories, and even a few tall tales. As you travel the route, take a quick detour into Monument Lake Park, stretch your legs along the shores of this serene mountain lake, or cast a line into the clear blue waters to catch that elusive fish.
More Day Trips from Trinidad
– Drive east to the Comanche National Grasslands to view the “longest dinosaur trackway in the nation.”
– Drive west to Trinidad Lake State Park where fishing, kayaking, hiking, cycling give you a healthy alternative to adventure parks. While you’re there, see the KT Boundary, evidence of the asteroid impact that pushed the dinosaurs over the edge into extinction.
– Take in a quiet round of golf at the nine-hole golf course dubbed the “hidden gem of southern Colorado.”
Take breaks in your outdoor adventure days to enjoy a little cultural heritage. The arts, the history, and the architecture in Trinidad have been overlooked and overshadowed by the larger metropolises, but are enjoyable only because of their simplicity and uniqueness. Our small-town charm and inviting nature are a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of crowded tourism attractions. Plan a day-trip of healthy relaxation and exploration for you and historical and geological education for your kids!
Last modified: September 16, 2020