"Bat Masterson kept order here" Trinidad by rexvaughan
Trinidad Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 28 photos
Trinidad is an interesting old town of about 10,000 people. It started as a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail and later grew into a ranching hub, railroad town and coal mining center. One of the colorful characters from their past was the town marshal in the 1880’s, Bat Masterson. It is a good base for exploring the interesting Sangre de Cristos mountains nearby and has a number of museums which we were not able to visit. It is a chaming town with lots of lovely architecture, but they have a big sign, TRINIDAD, on top of the huge sandstone butte called Simpson’s Rest. I think the sign is tacky and made more so by being lighted at night.
I didn’t know until our visit that it was also a coal mining center but as you stroll the pleasant main street there are a couple of wonderful reminders; a monument to the miners and a huge cage statue with a large canary in it.
The drive of about 60 miles between Cuchara and Trinidad on Colorado highway 12 is a spectacular one through the Sangre... more travel advice
We met friends in Trinidad and they had made dinner reservations at Rino’s, which seems to be a local institution housed... more travel advice
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