Attention Visitors

Due to precautionary measures taken for COVID-19 in the state of Colorado, visitors to Trinidad should be mindful that as of 3/26/20, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued a stay-at-home order, mandating that all Coloradoans (and folks within the state of Colorado) should stay home unless they must go out for one of the following reasons:

  1. —Obtain food and other household necessities for themselves and their family or household members. (please see the list HERE for the services currently offered by each of Trinidad’s dining establishments.)
  2. —Deliver those services or supplies to others, such as food, pet supply, other household consumer products, and products or equipment necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of a residence.
  3. —To engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, state parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all playgrounds, picnic areas, other similar areas conducive to public gathering and attended areas shall be closed.
  4. —To perform work for critical industries.
  5. —To care for a family member, a vulnerable person, or pet in another household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an individual’s home.
  6. —To seek medical care

To view the full order, please click HERE. Thank you kindly for your understanding and cooperation.

Pictured above is the ribbon-cutting ceremony and breaking ground for Trinidad’s Space to Create in Summer 2018. Construction will continue through Winter 2019; stay tuned for more developments in this exciting project! 

Space to Create

Trinidad’s Space to Create project will bring 41 affordable rental units to the city for artists.  This demonstration program is expected to define how painters, poets, chefs, brewers and other “artists” can spark interest and development, bring jobs, entice tourists and help educated children in several rural and mountain communities scattered across Colorado.  The Trinidad project, managed and led by Artspace, broke ground in the summer of 2018 and will transform an entire historic block on Main Street into a 103,000 square foot complex with 13 rental apartments and 20,000 square feet of community space.  A second 35,000 square foot building is being erected on nearby Elm Street that will add another 28 live/work apartments. On either side of the Main Street property will be space for amenities such as galleries, maker facilities, gathering areas, or retail space. Partners in this exciting project include the Department of Local Affairs, History Colorado, the Office of Economic Development’s Colorado Creative Industries, and the Boettcher Foundation. Trinidad was certified as a Colorado Creative District in 2013.

Space to Create FAQ

Q: What is Artspace?

Artspace is the leading non-profit developer of live/work artist housing, artist studios, arts centers and arts-friendly businesses in the U.S. We develop, own and operate affordable spaces for artists, arts & cultural organizations, and creative businesses. To date we have over 52 properties in operation, with another 5 projects in active development.  These properties house over 1,400 artists and their families, provide commercial studio space for 500 artists and/or businesses, and amass roughly 3.4 million square feet of arts-related activities. Our mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists and arts organizations.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility requirements vary by project.  In Trinidad, where we are using Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to help finance the project, applicants income must fit into one of three categories as defined by HUD.  Those three categories are that the household (defined as the group of people living in the unit and on the lease) must be under the threshold of either 40% Area Median Income (AMI) for Las Animas County, 50% AMI or 60% AMI.  Additionally, applicants must pass a background check, and show ability to pay rent consistently.

Q: How do I apply?

Please contact and ask to be place on the will call list.

Q: How much do the units cost?

The units cost vary based on a variety of factors- unit type (Efficiency/studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom), household size, and what level of AMI the applicant qualified under. Roughly speaking, units cost 30% of a tenants AMI designation.  For example, if a single person wanted to rent an efficiency studio and qualified under the 40% AMI (set in 2019 at $19,080 for Las Animas county), their rent would be roughly 30% of their monthly income.  In this scenario, their monthly income calculation would be $1,590 ($19,080 AMI divided by 12 months), so their rent would be roughly $477 (30% of $1590).  I would stress that it is best to understand that this is just a rough calculation and my best attempt at a simple explanation- there are a handful of more factors involved.  One key thing I would point out is that rents are not determined by the tenants income, but by their AMI designation at move-in.

Q: When will the units be ready?

The Main Street site, which is a historic adaptive reuse project (converting a historic building to its new residential purpose), will be ready for residents to move in in June.  The Elm Street site, which is a new building entirely, is anticipated to be ready for residents to move in at the end of August.

Q: Who do I contact if I have more detailed questions?

People who are interested in living in either building please contact . If you are interested in learning more about Space to Create, Artspace, or have press related questions for the project please contact  If you are interested in learning more about leasing commercial space please contact Wally Wallace at

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