What We’re Doing
Transforming private land into the state’s 42nd state park and its largest.
Help revitalize the economy in Trinidad, Colorado, by attracting visitors, tourists, and new businesses with world-class recreation assets.
Rising above the town of Trinidad, Colorado, is the iconic mesa known as Fishers Peak. Considered one of the most recognizable landmarks in southern Colorado, Fishers Peak is even featured in the town’s logo. But before 2019, hikers had to enter the peak through New Mexico’s Sugarite State Park and endure an arduous trail to reach the summit. Although Trinidad residents enjoyed the view of Fishers Peak, they could not access “their mountain” because the land on the Colorado face of the peak was privately owned.
With the help of Trust for Public Land and partners, Trinidad residents, outdoor enthusiasts, and tourists can now access 30 square miles of ranchland featuring spectacular mesas, canyons, valleys, and the 9,000-foot summit of Fishers Peak. But our work didn’t stop there. With a goals of increasing recreation, conserving critical wildlife corridors, and engaging the community, we’ve developed a master plan that features trails to Fishers Peak, a visitor center, and protection for thousands of acres containing unique and irreplaceable wildlife habitats.
Fishers Peak wildlife includes native species such as elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain lions, and black bears. The peak preserves important migration corridors between their populations in the mountains and those on the nearby prairies.
The development of trails and visitor amenities will boost the local economy of Trinidad and elevate Fishers Peak as a state and even national attraction.
“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,” shares Jim Petterson, Trust for Public Land Southwest and Colorado program director.
Public lands are essential to healthy, thriving communities. They inspire us with beautiful scenery, sustain us with fresh air and water, tell our stories, and provide good jobs. They enshrine our history and culture and, if we care for them, will safeguard our future from climate change. As a state park, Fishers Peak will connect thousands of residents and visitors to these joys and benefits.
Partnership Makes it Possible
Protecting the Peaks: Securing Access to Iconic Mountain Landscapes in Colorado and Maine
Both Fishers Peak in Colorado and Bald Mountain Pond in Maine are beloved by local residents who for decades sought guaranteed access. Both are now forever protected—thanks to Trust for Public Land.