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Trinidad Lake State Park, CO


A beautiful setting in the mountains of southern Colorado, a mild year- round climate and 800 acres of water ideal for numerous water sports are the lures of Trinidad Lake State Park. Anglers catch rainbow and cutthroat trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, crappie and perch. The lake is popular for water skiing and windsurfing. Visitors may explore the mountain branch of the historic Santa Fe Trail in nearby Trinidad. There are great wildlife-watching opportunities at this park; turkey, coyote, and deer call the park home. Two campgrounds with 73 sites can accomodate recreational vehicles, trailers or tents. On October 15, the campground is winterized with sites 1-23, 62 and 63 open year-round on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mild fall weather and abundant winter sunshine make Trinidad Lake State Park a great off-season vacation destination. In addition to camping, some of the activities available between Labor Day and spring are hiking, ice fishing, winter wildlife watching, and hunting. Call Park for details.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Camper Services Bldg
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Available
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Licenses Sold
  • Group Campground
  • Group Picnic Area
  • Group Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Historical Site(S)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Interpretitive Programs
  • Jet Skiing
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Natural Shade
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Photography
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Proximity To Camp Serv.
  • Sailing And Sailboarding
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Fillup Station
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wildlife Watching Opportunity
Alerts and Important Information
Fire danger is high this season.

Trinidad Lake is a fluctuating reservoir and water levels vary. The main campground is situated on a mesa approximately 150-200 feet above the lake and there is no direct access to the lake from this campground. Shade may be provided naturally by trees and other vegetation at some of the sites. Charcoal or wood fires are allowed only in designated grills or fire pits at each site. **In addition to the camping fee, a vehicle entrance fee is required at all state parks!** Please call the park for specific details---719-846-6951.

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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.1425, -104.54611
37°8'33"N, 104°32'46"W

Heading north on I-25, take Exit 13B to West Main Street. At the first four-way stop, turn left onto Nevada. At the next four-way stop by the Welcome Center, turn left and continue west on Highway 12 for 3.5 miles.

For those traveling south on I-25, take exit 14 and at the stoplight continue straight ahead up Colorado Ave., turn left on San Juan and continue down the hill until you come to a stop sign on Highway 12. Take Hwy 12 west for three miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Trinidad Lake State Park
32610 HIGHWAY 12

Phone Number:

Project Office: (719)846-6951