New trail to the top of Fishers Peak near Trinidad opens to the public

· Nov. 20, 2023, 6:34 pm
Fishers Peak State ParkFishers Peak State ParkCourtesy of the Governor's Office
Fishers Peak State Park

A new eight-mile trail to the top of Fishers Peak State Park's namesake mountain has opened near Trinidad.

“Just as Fishers Peak was a beacon for our ancestors, this world-class park and trail to the summit will attract recreationists, and visitors and provide a fantastic experience for many Coloradans,” said Governor Jared Polis, who attended an opening ceremony for the trail on Sunday. 

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Governor Polis, DNR Director Dan Gibbs, CPW Director Jeff Davis, and CPW staff open Fishers Peak Summit trail

Fisher's Peak has been gradually adding resources since opening the 19,200-acre area as Colorado’s second-largest state park in 2020. The new trail winds its way up to the 9,633-foot summit of the famous flat-topped mountain and adds to the 13 miles of trails already available to hikers and bikers. 

The upper three miles of the new trail will close for four months starting in March 2024, to protect a nearby nesting area for falcons.

The park’s manager Crystal Dreiling told KRCC this summer that plans for the full development of the park’s eventual amenities could take up to 15 years. 

Fishers Peak was the 42nd state park at its opening, but it is no longer the newest. That title is still held by Sweetwater Lake Park, which opened in 2021 through a first-of-its-kind partnership with the White River National Forest.

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