Governor Polis opened our newest and second largest State Park, Fishers Peak State Park, on Friday, October 30, 2020. He spoke of goals of public access, contributing to the local economy and protection of this land. At the outset, a small area – 250 acres will be opened to the public with a 3/4 mile trail, picnic area and of course, the marvelous views. Fishers Peak encompasses more than 55 square miles. After this grand opening, the Park will be open from sunrise til sunset daily. Please practice social distancing when you visit!
During the opening event, the President of Trinidad State Junior College, Dr. Rhonda Epper, spoke of how the College will introduce students to the Park, trail building, and biology and its natural resources. She said, “My dream for our students and for Trinidad is for the entire state to discover and experience this treasure that we have known for generations… Our local kids know this land-the mountains, fields, and plains that surround Fishers Peak. They have grown up hunting, fishing, playing, and observing the wildlife of this area. But many haven’t had opportunities to explore it educationally or connect their knowledge to a potential career path. This Park has the potential to inspire a new generation of scientists, conservationists, trail builders, land technicians, and outdoor enthusiasts from our local community.”
At the event CWF’s Suzanne O’Neill spoke with Rafael Jimenez of Pueblo, who serves as a volunteer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He helped to build the Challenge trail from an old road. He is justifiably proud of this important work as it opens to the public to experience and enjoy.
Earlier: On June 30, 2020, Fishers Peak officially became Colorado’s newest state park. Its 19,200-acres, located a few miles outside of Trinidad, is the 42nd state park. The video of Governor Polis signing into law SB 3 can be viewed on the Governor’s website. This special space has abundant wildlife and amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. In these difficult times official designation of this spectacular park is uplifting for the local community, all Coloradans who seek more outdoor recreation options, wildlife enthusiasts and other conservationists.
On May 14, Colorado Parks and Wildlife had announced that its acquisition was completed. There will be several phases of development and a substantial area will remain undeveloped important wildlife habitat for mule deer, bears, and mountain lions.