Trinidad is the county seat of Las Animas County, Colorado, just north of the border into New Mexico. It’s scenically located at the foot of Raton Pass and along the Santa Fe Trail, a National Scenic Byway. The city is bisected by the lovely Purgatoire River, with many parks and trails along the river’s edge. These parks and trails, combined with the three veterinary clinics in town, make pet care a breeze in Trinidad.
It’s clear that Trinidad loves dogs because they have their very own dog park! The Waggin’ Tails Dog Park provides a safe place for pups to enjoy some off-leash exercise and some pawsitive socialization. The park has two separate fenced off areas, one for small dogs and another for the big guys. You’ll find grass and sand areas with shade trees, picnic tables, and a doggie drinking fountain. Dogs need to stay leashed when not within the fenced area and be picked up after.
If you’re just in town for a visit and are looking for pet friendly accommodations, no need to go far! La Quinta Inn & Suites Trinidad welcomes two pets of any size for no additional fee. They love dogs and may even offer some dog biscuits! Be sure to call ahead and to confirm that a pet friendly room is available.
With all of these pet friendly places around, you and your pooch will feel right at home in Trinidad!
The Historic Main Street neighborhood in Trinidad is a great place to take a walk with your doggo. It’s on Modica Drive that you can find the woofderful Jay Cimino Downtown Park. In this riverside park, you'll find picnic areas and large grassy areas to stretch out on. There is also a playground and splash pad, so why not bring the whole family along? This park connects to the Riverwalk, a paved pathway that follows along the Purgatoire River. Leashed dogs are welcome as long as they get picked up after. When it’s time for a pick me up, head over to The Cafe in the same neighborhood. Here you can enjoy some delicious baked goods next to your canine companion at the outdoor tables.
The Trinidad South neighborhood is where you can find the beloved Central Park, the largest park in town. This park features a couple athletic fields and large grassy areas your pup will love to dig his toes into. The fishing pond is a main attraction of the park, where you can fish, and your doggo can watch the ducks. If you want to take a peaceful stroll or a heart pumping jog, you can make use of the 1.5 miles of walking trails that meander through the park. You’ll even find some fitness equipment along the way. Leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun in this park, but don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good pup!
When you and your pup are itching to get into the Great Outdoors, head over to Trinidad Lake State Park. This state park can be found in the Colorado Canyon neighborhood of Trinidad. Features include an 800 acre lake, surrounded by gorgeous nature and opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and camping. Dogs are welcome throughout the park as long as they stay leashed and leave only paw prints. There are 10 miles of trails to explore here, with views ranging from open vistas, to grasslands, forests, ponds, and cliffs. When it’s time for some refreshment, head over to the Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company. This brewery welcomes leashed dogs inside and outside, and offers craft beer and light snacks.
Just a hop across the border into New Mexico brings you to the town of Raton. This town holds more opportunities for playtime with your pupper. The bustling city center, just a 30 minute drive south of Trinidad, has some great parks to escape to. The Roundhouse Memorial Park is one of this town’s favorites. This park is on the site of the old train roundhouse. It offers several miles of paved walking trails that are easy on the paws and the eyes. There is also an interpretive garden, athletic fields, and plenty of open space. Leashed dogs are welcome! If you’re hoping to stay in this area for a while, head over to the Heart’s Desire Bed and Breakfast. They allow two small dogs for a fee per dog, per night.
Across the border in Raton, New Mexico is a great place where you and your pup can get away from it all. The Sugarite neighborhood provides access to the Sugarite Canyon State Park, just a 35 minute drive from Trinidad. This State Park is teeming with wildlife along the lakes, creeks, forests, and meadows. It draws in nature enthusiasts from all over. Here you can find a network of 13 miles of trails, including a trail that passes by an old coal camp. If you want to spend a night under the stars with your best pal, head over to one of the two campgrounds in this park. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they don’t disturb other campers.