Colorado plans to make Fisher’s Peak a new state park

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TRINIDAD  |  Gov. Jared Polis says Fisher’s Peak and the former ranch land surrounding it will become Colorado’s newest state park.

Polis’ office said in a statement The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land plan to transfer the 30-square-mile (77.7-sqaure-kilometer) property near Trinidad to public ownership.

Polis plans to sign an executive order during a ceremony on Thursday, with the goal of opening access to the public by 2021.

Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico tells the Gazette that access to the 9,633-foot (2936.14-meter) Fisher’s Peak has long been a dream among residents.

The Trust from Public Land and the Nature Conservancy last year pledged the $25 million needed to buy the former Crazy French Ranch after the state put down an initial $14.5 million.

It will be Colorado’s 42nd state park.