Fisher’s Peak has tantalized outdoor enthusiasts in Southern Colorado for years. The mountain near Trinidad has been as inaccessible — at least legally — as it is beautiful. But that will be changing soon.

Last week, Gov. Jared Polis joined a group of state and local officials to announce that Fisher’s Peak and its surroundings will become part of Colorado’s newest state park. For decades, the land was under private ownership. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the city of Trinidad, the Trust for Public Land, the Nature Conservancy, Great Outdoors Colorado, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the 30-square-mile property will be opened to the public for recreational use.

A ribbon cutting is set for fall of next year, with the park expected to open to visitors in January of 2021. Polis called Fisher’s Peak “an iconic landmark in Southern Colorado” and predicted that the land would be “one of the crown gems in our state parks system.”

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