Fishers Peak State Park

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Fishers Peak State Park
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Fishers Peak State Park (the United States)
Location Las Animas County, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Trinidad, Colorado
Coordinates 37°05′52″N104°27′46″W / 37.09778°N 104.46278°W / 37.09778; -104.46278 Coordinates: 37°05′52″N104°27′46″W / 37.09778°N 104.46278°W / 37.09778; -104.46278
Area19,200 acres (7,800 ha) [1]
Established2020
Governing body Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Fishers Peak State Park is a Colorado state park in Las Animas County, Colorado, just south of Trinidad. Trinidad Lake State Park is nearby. The park opened on October 30, 2020 and is still being developed. [2] [1]

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History

The land for the park, formerly the privately-held Crazy French Ranch, was purchased in 2019. Funds to purchase the ranch came jointly from Great Outdoors Colorado, the funding arm of the Colorado Lottery, The Nature Conservancy, and The Trust for Public Land. [3]

Geography

The park takes its name from Fishers Peak, elevation 9,632 feet (2,936 m), [4] a prominent, flat-topped mountain and the highest point on Raton Mesa. The mesa was designated a Natural National Landmark in 1967. [5] The park is within the Raton Basin.

The park includes grasslands, foothills, and mountains. One of the main goals of the park's establishment is to conserve the area's wildlife, which includes elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lions, and bobcats. [3]

Contiguous conservation areas

Adjoining Fishers Peak State Park on the east 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). [6] [7]

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Raton Mesa is the collective name of several mesas on the eastern side of Raton Pass in New Mexico and Colorado. The name Raton Mesa or Mesas has sometimes been applied to all the mesas that extend east for 90 miles (140 km) along the Colorado-New Mexico border from Raton, New Mexico and Trinidad, Colorado to the Oklahoma panhandle. These include Johnson Mesa, Mesa de Maya, and Black Mesa.

The Mesa de Maya is a prominent volcanic tableland rising 500 feet (150 m) to 1,200 feet (370 m) above the Great Plains in southeastern Colorado. A narrow finger of the mesa extends eastward through the northeastern corner of New Mexico and a few miles into Oklahoma where it is known as Black Mesa. The elevation of the Mesa de Maya ranges from 4,800 feet (1,500 m) at its easternmost extension to 6,902 feet (2,104 m) in the west.

References

  1. 1 2 "Fishers Peak". Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  2. Argueta, Brenda (2020-10-30). "Gov. Jared Polis officially opens Fishers Peak State Park in Trinidad". KOAA News 5. Pueblo, Colorado. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  3. 1 2 "Agreement Reached on Fisher's Peak / Crazy French Ranch". Great Outdoors Colorado. 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  4. "Fishers Peak". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey.
  5. "Raton Mesa". National Natural Landmarks. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  6. "Map". Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Retrieved 14 Aug 2020.
  7. "Sugarite Canyon State Park Management and Development Plan" (PDF). Retrieved January 2, 2010.