Fishers Peak

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Fishers Peak
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View of Fishers Peak from Trinidad, Colorado
Highest point
Elevation 9,633 ft (2,936 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 1,847 ft (563 m) [3]
Isolation 30.98 mi (49.86 km) [3]
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Colorado range high points
Coordinates 37°05′54″N104°27′46″W / 37.0982085°N 104.4627796°W / 37.0982085; -104.4627796 Coordinates: 37°05′54″N104°27′46″W / 37.0982085°N 104.4627796°W / 37.0982085; -104.4627796 [1]
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Fishers Peak
Location Las Animas County, Colorado, United States [4]
Parent range Highest summit of Raton Mesas [3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Fishers Peak, Colorado [1]
Easiest route hike

Fishers Peak is a spur of the Ratón Mesa, [5] [6] which reaches the highest elevation of the collective mesas of the Ratón formation commencing at the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a subset of the Rocky Mountains, from the west, 90 miles eastward to the Oklahoma border. Ratón Mesas include Black Mesa, Johnson Mesa, and Mesa de Maya. The prominent 9,633-foot (2,936 m) mesa is located 5.5 miles (8.8 km) south by east (bearing 163°) of the Town of Trinidad in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. Fishers Peak is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude. [1] [2] [3] [4]


Fishers Peak State Park

In 2020, Colorado Parks and Wildlife established Fishers Peak State Park. The park occupies the 19,200-acre (7,800 ha) parcel surrounding and including the peak that was formerly a privately-held ranch. [7] [8] It opened in late October 2020. [9]

Contiguous conservation areas

Adjoining Fishers Peak State Park on the east on the mesa below Fishers Peak are two Colorado State Wildlife Areas (SWA): Lake Dorothey, 5,152 acres (2,085 ha), and James M. John, 8,339 acres (3,375 ha). Lake Dorothey also adjoins Sugarite Canyon State Park, 3,600 acres (1,500 ha), in New Mexico. The total contiguous acreage in public ownership is thus about 36,000 acres (15,000 ha). [10] [11]

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  2. 1 2 The elevation of Fishers Peak includes an adjustment of +1.145 m (+3.76 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
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