We Are Open!
The Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad is open and has relaxed its COVid protocols due to the decline in positive cases in our region. We are excited to be able to once again provide service to our travelers in the manner in which we are accustomed. What you can expect is the same friendly and knowledgeable staff who will provide destination information, routing suggestions, road conditions, weather information, and brochures and information for state and local points of interest. We still have the cleanest restrooms around and the opportunity for a relaxing walk, stretch and chance to breathe some of the freshest air around. Free WiFi and outdoor eating areas are also still available. Our free Trolley tours will resume on Memorial Day of 2022. The War Veterans' memorials outside the center are always an interesting and patriotic attraction. And we still offer your kiddos free activity books to keep them entertained in the vehicle between destinations.
Helping You Stay Healthy As You Travel
The Colorado Tourism Office encourages visitors and locals alike to embrace our new interpretation of responsible tourism — showing care not only for our destinations but for others, including those who call Colorado home.
Like many destinations in the West, some Colorado communities across the state have fire restrictions in place. We ask travelers to Colorado to be careful with fire and to check local restrictions before enjoying a campfire, fireworks or other activities that use an open flame.
As Colorado continues to take positive steps toward reactivating our economy, the health and safety of both residents and visitors remain our highest priority. Travelers to Colorado are asked to wear masks indoors and practice recommended hygiene and social distancing regardless of vaccination status. Many businesses across Colorado, including most event, music and performing arts venues, are requiring visitors to be fully vaccinated or to provide a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours of entry. Visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go" and to carry their vaccination cards with them and check local mask guidance while planning and taking trips across the state. International travel to Colorado is subject to the same regulations as all of the U.S. and all international arrivals are required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 24 hours. More information is available at covid19.colorado.gov.
Additionally, we encourage locals and travelers alike to embrace our new interpretation of responsible tourism — showing care not only for our destinations but for the people who call Colorado home — by adopting our Care for Coloradans principles. We hope everyone will help us navigate this phase of recovery with patience and kindness.
Colorado’s ski areas are looking forward to welcoming guests back to the slopes this winter with a return to a more normal skiing and riding season. Each ski resort and area in Colorado is approaching safety protocols in alignment with their local area restrictions and health agencies. Guests should visit ski area websites, social media and other channels to ensure they have the most up-to-date information on any COVID-19 protocols and understand what is expected during their visit.
Stay and Visit
The Hidden Gem of Southeastern Colorado
Situated between the shadows of the Spanish Peaks and Fisher’s Peak (the state’s newest and 2nd largest state park), Trinidad is the cultural, social, and economic capital of Southeastern Colorado. With pristine outdoor views spanning mountains and plains, red brick-paved streets, preserved historical architecture, and a pace of life that is serene and slow, Trinidad offers something for everyone.
Centrally located 190 miles from both Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver Colorado, Trinidad is ideally situated for your visit to Colorado or New Mexico. We are the starting point for the famous Highway of Legends Scenic Byway and located on the Historic Santa Fe Trail. Our roads in and out of the community will take you over passes, through valleys, atop mountain vistas and through historic mountain villages.
Ours is a story of blended cultures, adventurers, frontiersmen and revolutionaries. Our culture is of legends, from the Native American Utes, to settlers and traders, to the rough and rowdy characters of the old west. We are the place known for its coal miners who fought the deadly conflict for fair treatment, where a counter-culture was born of the youth of Drop City, and for over half a century, who welcomed thousands of individuals seeking to become who they were born to be in the Sex Change Capital of the World.
But as times change, we too are evolving. Our visionaries are pointing us in two distinct directions – to outdoor recreation with the anticipated opening of Colorado’s 42nd State Park, and to an up and coming art scene with the completion of Space to Create. And so, we continue to embrace our tradition of uniqueness, a community like no other, boasting a truly crazy past and preparing for a distinct and exciting future.