Trinidad, Colorado has long been an overlooked stop for gas on the way to Santa Fe or other southern destinations for me. In recent years, though, it has become one of the premiere Front Range locations for gravel cycling.
This trend kicked off in 2019 with the Explore Las Animas gravel cycling tourism campaign. With the Santa Fe Trail celebrating its 200th anniversary there are a lot of events in 2021 to keep the growth going.
The new Trinidad-Las Animas County Gravel Adventure Field Guide was developed by the City of Trinidad to introduce over 1,600 miles of county roads accessible from downtown to riders. The guidebook was produced in partnership with Backshop Bikes, Beneski Design, and People For Bikes. The 64-page guide also gives background on the areas culture and history.
For those who also want the digital experience, the guide’s production team partnered with People for Bikes’ RideSpot app to enable turn-by-turn navigation of the routes. The QR codes in the guide will open the maps on riders’ smartphones via the RideSpot app.