Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Polis announces new state park

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click to enlarge Crazy French Ranch, which contains Fisher's Peak, is a 30-square-mile area south of Trinidad. - COURTESY OF THE NATURE CONSERVANCY/LAURYN WACHS
  • COURTESY OF THE NATURE CONSERVANCY/LAURYN WACHS
  • Crazy French Ranch, which contains Fisher's Peak, is a 30-square-mile area south of Trinidad.

Crazy French Ranch near Trinidad, home to Fishers Peak, along with wetlands, forest and streams, will soon become a Colorado state park, Gov. Jared Polis announced Sept. 12. 

The ranch — long closed to the public — was purchased in February by The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land. The nonprofits will transfer the land to the state in coordination with Trinidad, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The park, slated to open in 2021, could include opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and education, and provide an economic boost to Trinidad, the town a few miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border.

“We are thrilled that the Governor recognizes how special this land is and how important this project is for the community and the state of Colorado,” said Carlos Fernandez, state director for The Nature Conservancy, in a statement. 

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