Response from Fisher’s Peak Project Partners to Governor Polis’ State Park Announcement

September 12, 2019

Today, Governor Jared Polis announced plans to create Colorado’s next state park at the Crazy French Ranch. The City of Trinidad, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have been working together on this project with a goal of conserving the property and its history, while allowing for meaningful recreational experiences and education opportunities. The partners are excited to work together with the Governor towards this ranch becoming the next state park.

“The wild and diverse landscape of this ranch deserves to be protected and experienced.  Working together we can ensure that the areas’ many amazing natural features are preserved for future generations to learn from and explore, while providing extraordinary recreation opportunities and bolstering the local economy for Trinidad, Las Animas County and the entire State of Colorado. We are thrilled that the Governor recognizes how special this land is and how important this project is for the community and the state of Colorado.”

Carlos Fernandez, The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado State Director

 “Rare is the opportunity to collaborate so closely with a small rural city on a project that has such potential to strengthen a local economy, build sense of place and connect thousands of people to nature in one of Colorado’s most spectacular landscapes. This project is based on partnership and a true shared belief in the power of land for people.”

Jim Petterson, The Trust for Public Land’s Southwest and Colorado Program director

“Coloradans can be proud that their state just made another leap in protecting and providing access to its prized outdoor spaces. This outstanding property represents so many conservation and outdoor recreation values at the core of who we are and what we hope for our state’s future. We can protect our land and wildlife habitat while also creating more equitable access to the outdoors and its many benefits – like health and well-being and a better quality of life. That’s what makes Colorado great.”

Chris Castilian, GOCO Executive Director

“I am so excited that the 19,200-acre Fisher’s Peak property will be Colorado’s next state park. I think the public will be as excited as I am when they see the recreation opportunities available on this property. The outstanding wildlife habitat coupled with nearby Colorado Parks and Wildlife properties like Trinidad Lake State Park, James M. John State Wildlife Area and Lake Dorothy State Wildlife Area will create fantastic connectivity opportunities for both wildlife and people. And for the first time, Colorado residents will be able to access the top of iconic Fisher’s Peak without a roundabout trek across the state line. This new state park is a win for all Colorado residents.”  

Dan Prenzlow, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director