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CPW surveys land that could become Colorado's next state park

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 09:00:50-04

TRINIDAD — State wildlife officers, biologists and scientists are currently surveying close to 20,000 acres of land in Southern Colorado that could soon be a new state park or wildlife area.

The land is a former ranch outside Trinidad that includes the area's iconic Fisher's Peak which towers over the area at 9,600 feet. It has been a group effort to acquire and purchase the land for public use thanks in part to the City of Trinidad, The Trust for Public land, and The Nature Conservancy.

The Colorado Lottery says its proud to have helped fund the $24.5 million project with two major Lottery-funded grants. That includes a $7.5 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. $7 million also came from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The land is home to the landscape Coloradans would expect to enjoy, from grassy meadows, mountains of evergreen trees as well as the perfect habitat for elk, deer, bear, mountain lions and many birds.

There is still much work to be done to have the property ready for public use, including extensive road building. News 5 will continue to track the progress to open this area for public use.