The drive of about 60 miles between Cuchara and Trinidad on Colorado highway 12 is a spectacular one through the Sangre de Christo Mountains. At about 10,000 feet you go through the Cuchara Pass which was a special site of the Native Americans who gathered here each year to relate and update their legends. There are amazing geologic formations called radial dikes that look like rock fins sticking up out of the earth. Part of it is called the Highway of Legends relating to the clashes between the Native Americans and the Spanish explorers. There is also the National Historic District of Cokedale featuring coke ovens used in the past for smelting coal from nearby mines. I don’t know what the one in my photo is called, but I found it a beautiful example of how artistic the forces of nature can be.
The Trinidad History Museum consists of the Santa Fe Trail Museum; the Baca House; the Bloom Mansion; and the Historic Gardens. Pictured here is Bloom Mansion, a Victorian style house built by banker and cattle baron Frank Bloom. The house is very nice and is surrounded by shade trees and beautiful gardens. The museums are sponsored by the Colorado Historical Society and are open daily in the summer and 9 AM to 4 PM most weekdays October to April (according to the sign). Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and up, and $3 for children 6 to 16 and students.
The old jail was built around the same time, using the same style of architecture, as the courthouse. It is located right next door. I think both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Now this is a big, substantial looking courthouse. The Las Animas County Courthouse was built sometime in the late 1880s to around 1900. There is a nice statue representing the Statue of Liberty on the courthouse grounds that is dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America.
Trinidad has a nice historic district with several buildings of historic and architectural interest.