COLORADO'S NEWEST STATE PARK!
Please Note: Fishers Peak State Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Just a small piece of the 19,200-acre park – about 250 acres – is open. No dogs or bikes are permitted on the property at this time.
For now, the park offers:
- The First Look Trail – a quarter-mile professionally designed and built trail extending through the forest offers some spectacular views of the park’s 9,633-foot namesake, Fishers Peak.
- A drive-in picnic area for visitors who want an easily accessible, scenic spot for a picnic lunch. It is just off the new parking lot and near the two vault restrooms.
- A short and easy Discovery Trail, which meanders to a small meadow perfect for picnics. A small loop around the meadow is lined with interpretive signs that encourage visitors to learn about the habitat around them through the five senses.
- Get a glimpse of the extreme backcountry hiking challenges Fishers Peak will offer when fully developed with our Challenge Trail. Our volunteers helped convert an existing ranch road route into an aggressive (a nice way of saying “steep”) 1.5-mile hiking trail. How aggressive? Most professionally designed trails don’t exceed 8 to 10 percent grades. Our Challenge Trail will have you feeling the burn on stretches that exceed 30 percent grade. The payoff for all the work is a spectacular view of Fishers Peak and the valley below.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with our partners from the City of Trinidad, The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, Las Animas County and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) continue to plan the future of the Fishers Peak property.
For more information on the planning process, park events and timelines, visit
The Fishers Peak property was purchased in February 2019 through a collaboration between the City of Trinidad, The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). In April 2020, CPW acquired the property and, working with our partners, are developing Colorado’s newest state park.
The 19,200-acre property connects grasslands to the east with foothills and mountains to the west, serving as an important corridor for wildlife movement. Providing habitat for large native species like elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain lion and black bear, the property helps maintain important connections between these species’ populations in the mountains and those in the prairies.
The objective of the collaboration is to conserve, evaluate and plan the sustainable use of the property for the enjoyment of the public while perpetuating the natural resources on the property. All of the partners are excited about the opportunities available for exploration and education on the Fishers Peak property as the park takes shape.
Fishers Peak 2021 Hunting Opportunities
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is expanding hunting opportunities, offered through a drawing, on Fishers Peak State Park in 2021.
- Turkey hunting will be offered during the spring turkey season (up to 5 hunters).
- Elk, deer, and bear hunting opportunities will be offered for both the September seasons (1 elk, 1 deer, and 1 bear) and regular rifle seasons (3 elk, 1 deer). Additionally, if the lucky winners for the regular rifle season elk and deer opportunities also hold a valid BE083O5R bear license, they will be allowed to hunt bear on the property during their elk or deer season.
- One mountain lion hunter will be allowed access during the mountain lion season.
Apply now for Spring Turkey
The drawing application for the spring turkey hunting opportunities is now open! For more information and to apply, fill out the application form. Deadline for entry is 5:00 pm on March 15, 2021.
Winners of the drawing will be issued a Special Activity Permit authorizing access to Fishers Peak State Park only during the season dates found on their license. Only one entry will be allowed per person, per season.
Coming Big Game Opportunities
Information about how to apply for elk, deer, bear and lion opportunities will be posted on this page by mid-June.