Trinidad is the proud home of a number of opportunities for adventure and exploration; whether you enjoy road trips, museums, art galleries, or outdoor recreation, there is something for everyone. Below, you’ll find some of these explorations already lined out for you; pick a suggested itinerary and go enjoy! If you’d rather choose your own adventure, check out our Outdoor page for outdoor recreation activities, our Eat & Drink page for tasty eats, our Shop page for our listing of local shops, or our Museums and Arts and Culture pages for our cultural and creative happenings! We hope you enjoy and please contact us with any questions about your visit!
Visiting town and not sure where to start enjoying the many things Trinidad has to offer? Feel free to check out our suggested itineraries below and use all or parts of them as a guide while you are in town! More suggested itineraries are in progress, so check back soon for more recommendations on activities you can enjoy in Trinidad!
Breakfast: Habanero’s Grill
Supplies/gear: Ultimate Sports and Nutrition or Pop’s Board and Bike Shop
Morning Ride: Wormhole Loop and Sandstone trail (2.3 miles)
Lunch break: Mario’s Tacos
Afternoon/early evening ride: Reilly and Levsa Canyon Trails (8.6 miles)
Happy hour/dinner: Walter’s Beer Garden and Grill
Trinidad is home to five museums, three of which are currently regularly open and are included in this itinerary. Trinidad also has two other museums, the Louden-Henritze Museum of Archaeology and the Miners Museum, but they are not currently regularly open. Private tours may be scheduled at the Miner’s Museum in advance.
Breakfast: Tony’s Diner
Start your day off right at Tony’s Diner, just down the way from the Trinidad History Museum. Try the huevos rancheros with a good cup of coffee!
Morning Museum visit: Trinidad History Museum
This museum is part of a larger complex of museums administered by the History Colorado. Visitors receive an in-depth view of Trinidad’s history, which is set within the larger context of the region. Be sure to check out this unique museum located inside the Baca House, which is a piece of history itself! Donations are very appreciated. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lunch: The Cafe
Grab a tasty bite to eat at The Café on Main Street. Enjoy a salad or a wrap with a specialty beverage or baked good!
Early Afternoon Museum visit: AR Mitchell Museum of Western Art
Coffee Break: Perkatory Coffee House
If you’re wanting a quick snack or beverage, stop in at Perkatory Café before hopping into the car or onto your bike to head out to Art Cartopia Museum. Try a latte with a muffin or dessert bar baked in-house…you will be glad you did!
Mid-afternoon Museum Visit: Art Cartopia Museum
Drive to Art Cartopia Museum to finish off the day with a zany twist! Art Cartopia is an art car museum that sprang out of the wild success of Trinidad’s yearly art car parade, ArtoCade. In addition to the art cars parked out front, visitors can peruse a huge garage full of over 15 fantastical art cars, as well as the indoor art gallery and new outdoor sculpture garden. Donations are very appreciated. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SCENIC HIGHWAY OF LEGENDS
Trinidad is the starting point for the Scenic Highway of Legends, an 82-mile, two-hour scenic drive.
The Scenic Highway of Legends will take you over passes and through local towns and villages, each with its own history, tall tales, and scenery. These sights include the Sangre de Cristos, the Spanish Peaks, the red rock abutments of the Dakota Wall, and Devil’s Stairsteps; Cokedale, where you will notice original coke ovens that look more like Roman ruins than a western frontier; and a 35-mile extension that was recently added from the town of Aguilar on I-25 west over the 11,248-foot Cordova Pass, which reconnects to Colorado Highway 12 at Cuchara Pass.
COMANCHE NATIONAL GRASSLAND
Dinosaur Tracks & Rock Art
81 Miles from Trinidad | 719.384.2181
Just to the south of La Junta and home to the Picket Wire Canyonlands, you will find the largest known dinosaur track site in North America. Go back in time, and walk alongside more than 1,500 brontosaurus and allosaurus footprints that date back 150 million years. Tour guides help you learn the whole story of the track site, sharing stories and information about what scientists have learned from these tracks. Rock art images and dwelling remains shed light on the lives of the prehistoric people who once inhabited these lands.
Tour The Area
AVE MARIA SHRINE
The Ave Maria Shrine is on the hillside of the Mt. San Rafael Hospital and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious landmarks in Trinidad. It is said that in 1908 a physician caught in a storm was led by a flickering light to a statue of the Virgin Mary that mysteriously appeared on this hillside. This Shrine is now a sanctuary of peace.
The shrine is not open to the public.
To visit the shrine call: 719.846.3369
LUDLOW HISTORIC MONUMENT
Fifteen miles north of Trinidad is the Ludlow Historic Monument, the site of the Ludlow Massacre. The Ludlow Massacre Memorial is the most sacred place of the working class. The restoration undertaken by the United Mine Workers of America includes a miner’s tent camp, storyboards and photos that recount the encounter between the Colorado National Guard and striking coal miners that left 20 people dead.
15 Miles from Trinidad
SIMPSON’S REST & TRINIDAD SIGN
Standing high above Trinidad on a historic sandstone bluff is Simpson’s Rest. With the Trinidad sign perched on top and lit at night it is easy to spot. The bluff that overlooks the city from the north can be reached using the road at the western end of North Avenue. Once there, you will have spectacular views. Buried at the top of the Rest is George S. Simpson (1818-1885) a famous scout, trader, explorer, and trailblazer. This spot is also noted for its fossilized remains of pre-historic life forms that have been preserved within the strata.