We crossed the line into Colorado and decided to spend the big bucks for one night at Trinadad Lake State Park. Unlike the very reasonable prices of the New Mexico parks, Colorado's prices are enough to give you sticker shock. First of all they charge you both the day use fee PLUS the camping fee. This seems just wrong to me. I think that you are either camping or using the park just for the day. Checking on their website, the day use fee is $7 - $9 a vehicle. They don't charge for the towed vehicle as long as it is towed in. Camping ranges from $10 for a primitive site (do they have any of those?) to $26 for full hookups (plus the day use fee, don't forget.)
To add insult to injury, Trinadad is a Corps of Engineers lake which usually guarantees economical prices. BUT Trinadad and three in the Denver area are run by the state parks so economy goes out the window.
Trinadad State Park is on the low end of the day use fee at $7 and we took the cheapest site at $16. I know some of you are thinking $23 for a table and grill (no hookups) isn't bad, but it's way over our comfort level.
However if you pay by the view, ours would be a million dollar site. This is what we saw out our front window.
We took a drive around downtown Trinadad. I didn't get a picture of them, but some of the streets were paved with bricks. Trinadad is VERY hilly with some beautiful Victorian architecture like the museum building pictured here.
I spotted this bird in a cage as we drove by and thought, 'What the heck is that?"
Well I should have recognized the miners' canary who saved lives by giving his own.
If I had noticed this nearby sculpture, I would have certainly realized the connection.
Back at the lake, we had a nice visit with our friend Lloyd whom we met through the WINs years ago. He happened to pull in right behind us after driving 200 miles to our 35. So we're a little slow. He took a hookup site on the higher rent side of the lake and had a nice view of Fisher's Peak, a landmark on the old Santa Fe trail.