About Santa Fe Trail Ranch
Santa Fe Trail Ranch is a covenant protected, private community, protected with by-laws that are voted upon by the residents and landowners and have covenants that serve the best interest of the residents and landowners. We take pride in our community and protect it and care for it every day. All share a sense of responsibility and care for our land. We are blessed to be a part of this community and we do our best to preserve the nature, solitude, stewardship, community, friendship and wildlife the Ranch has to offer. If you are a visitor, please respect the community we have here.
Santa Fe Trail Ranch (SFTR) is south of Trinidad, Colorado near the Colorado/New Mexico state line. The entrance is west of Interstate 25 exit 6, just north of Raton Pass. SFTR covers approximately 16,800 acres and ranges in elevation from 6,500 to 8,100 feet. All 454 of the 35-acre parcels are privately owned, and homes have been built on about half of them. Approximately six to eight new homes are being built each year. Eighty-three (83) miles of reasonably good dirt and gravel roads, maintained by the property owner's association, provide year-round access.
There is a very active property owner’s association (POA) guiding many of the activities on the Ranch. We are also served by the Santa Fe Trail Ranch Metro District (Metro), a quasi-governmental tax district that was originally formed by a vote of the SFTR property owners to provide financial assistance with the construction of water and telephone service on our ranch and has been providing water service to SFTR since October 2004. Since then, the Metro has been instrumental in the construction of our new entrance bridge as well as the Metro Operations Center (MOC). In addition to the Metro Business Office, the MOC contains a large meeting room that hosts most of the ranch's meetings, and since it's completion in 2019, the summer picnic and other activities have been held under its spacious covered patio. For more info about the Metro, visit their website at sftrmetro.com
SFTR includes a Nature Conservancy greenbelt along Gallinas Canyon and is just across I-25 from the 19,200-acre Fishers Peak State Park, Colorado's newest state park, which opened in 2021. It is just a few miles from the city of Trinidad and provides mountain living combined with city amenities.
SFTR is within the Fishers Peak Fire Protection District which has a fire station on the ranch. SFTR is a working ranch, and cattle graze from spring to fall each year. Owners can fence out livestock with an approved four-wire fence.