Fisher's Peak

Fisher's PeakPhoto credit: Lauryn Wachs/TNC

Located just 2.5 hours south of Denver and immediately south of Trinidad, Colorado, is a 30-square mile ranch land property featuring spectacular mesas, canyons, valleys and the iconic 9,633-foot Fisher’s Peak—a flat-topped mountain. Visitors today can’t access the peak from Colorado. Instead, intrepid hikers must drive 30 miles to New Mexico’s Sugarite State Park and make a long, arduous hike to reach the peak.

The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy purchased the private ranch land in February 2019— containing thousands of acres of unique and irreplaceable wildlife habitat. Fisher’s Peak Partners, community members and stakeholders are working together to create a master plan for future public access, focusing on balancing recreation and conservation management.

“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

This special property has attracted the attention of Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who in mid-September 2019, announced his administration’s intent to transform the property into Colorado’s next state park. Soon to be a state and even nationwide attraction, the development of trails and visitor amenities in the next few years, will boost the local economy of the nearby historic town of Trinidad. During this exciting time, The Trust for Public Land and partners will be working hard to carry out a collective vision, creating a legacy that generations to come will enjoy.

Get involved! Support The Trust for Public Land and Fisher’s Peak, visit https://www.tpl.org/donate/co

Fisher’s Peak Project partners: The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, City of Trinidad, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado

Crazy French RanchPhoto credit: Nina Riggio

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