Artistic Bent in Trinidad, Colorado

Historic and interesting sights line Trinidad's streets.
By Tori Peglar ,

From a hike up an ancient volcano to a stroll past a world-class skate park, expect the unexpected when you visit Trinidad, Colo., a town of 9,000 people on the edge of Colorado’s border with New Mexico.

Once a stop on the Old Santa Fe Trail and later a mining community, Trinidad's historical buildings are worth seeing. Hop on the free Trinidad Trolley and get off at the Trinidad History Museum complex to see the Santa Fe Trail Museum, the 1882 Bloom Mansion and Kit Carson’s buckskin coat.

Don’t miss the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, known by locals as “The Mitch.” Housed in a former department store built in 1906, the museum showcases one of the town’s most famous characters: Arthur Roy Mitchell. Born in 1889, Mitchell sketched scenes of cowboy life as a young ranch hand, eventually becoming a prolific painter of Western pulp magazine covers. See his fantastically colorful work, early Hispanic folk art, photography and Old West artifacts.

In addition, Trinidad holds bragging rights to one of the country’s best skate parks, a 14,000-foot slice of paradise for skateboarding fanatics.

Capulin Volcano National Monument near the Colorado-New Mexico border. 

Explore the outdoors at Trinidad Lake State Park, which has 10 miles of hiking trails and two campgrounds. Or hike along the rim of an extinct volcano at Capulin Volcano National Monument 53 miles away.

For more information:

Colorado Welcome Center
309 Nevada Ave, Trinidad, CO

A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art

Santa Fe Trail Museum