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Fishers Peak
Fishers Peak


Please Note: Fishers Peak State Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Just a small piece of the 19,200-acre park – about 1,000 acres – is open. No dogs are permitted on the property at this time.

For now, the park offers:

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.

​​​Thirteen miles of trails for hikers or mountain bikes, all stemming from the Fishers Peak Trailhead. For details, see the Trails page.


​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 www.fisherspeakstatepark.com.

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 connect​s 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.

​Hunting Opportunities

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers a number of hunting opportunities at Fishers Peak State Park through a random draw. Winners of the drawings 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. All applicants must have successfully completed a hunter's education course at the time of the draw.

These opportunities are considered backcountry hunts. The use of vehicles, ATVs/UTVs is NOT permitted.

Spring Turkey 

  • Applications for the spring turkey season (an over-the-counter license opportunity):​The Spring Turkey Application​ is open now. Deadline is March 6, 2023. ​

​Regular Rifle Big Game and Mountain Lion

  • 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.
  • See what licenses are available
  • Applications for September season opportunities:​ Watch for a link here in early July of each year. ​
  • Applications for the rifle seasons and mountain lion hunt: Watch for a link here in early August of each year. ​​

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

​Two electric vehicle charging stations are located nearby, approximately 5 miles from the park. Both locations are accessed off of Exit 11 from Interstate 25. 

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