Good News! 







Bill and I finished compiling our research into nine attachments for you to view and pick which ones you would like to print off to use on the trip. (or view on your phone if you have email on your phone)  

Sadly, I will not be printing off copies of these attachments for the group traveling to Trinidad this coming September.  

Good news is that you each have all of what we found and it is available to you at the touch of a finger.  

Read over what we’ve sent and hopefully it will get each of you excited about the trip.  Did something we saw pique an interest in you?  Go for it and research it some more!  

In the handouts that I do have for the travelers, there are maps and much other information that will be of help and interest to you too.

Bill and I are looking forward to the trip this coming fall and hope that you are also!

Paint Box Guild Painting Trip 

Hotel Information for September 21-24 

Hotel: La Quinta, Trinidad, Colorado

2833 Toupal Drive

            Trinidad, CO



Fee:      $106.94 (including taxes) per room per night  ($320.82 for 3 nights) (If sharing a room then ½ of that is $160.41 per person)

Ask for Paint Box Guild Group Rates for DBL Queen

My suggestion is to ask for second or third floor on west side because this has the best view of Sanga De Cristo Mountains!! Yes, there are elevators (I plan to ask for the third floor.)

Breakfast Buffet included via individual serving window to be Covid safe. Large indoor eating area and a very large outdoor patio.

All rooms have WIFI, mini frig., microwave, hair drier. 

Indoor pool and hot tub (which may or may not be available according to COVID19 restrictions)

***We have a block of rooms reserved as Paint Box Guild, but this block and our special pricing goes way two weeks prior to our visit.  Be sure to reserve your room before this happens.

Directions:  Head south on highway I-25 toward the state of New Mexico.  Take exit 11 just barely south of the town of Trinidad. At end of exit ramp turn right and then right again onto the frontage road. Proceed just a little north on the frontage road to the La Quinta. Check in, then move your car around to the back parking lot.  Plenty of space for parking. Room key should get you in via the back patio door.


Check in 3:00 Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Check Out 12:00 (noon): Friday, September 24. 2021















Group dinner and suggested dining places

Group dinner: Thursday, September 23, 2021

                        Club 14 (Formerly Walter’s Beer Garden and Grill)

                        101 Americans Rd. Trinidad, CO (directions easily found                           on Google Maps)

                        5:00pm. Plenty of parking in their own parking lot

Order off the menu and pay per person. Check out Walter’s Beer Garden and Grill online for menu selections ahead of time.


Dining that locals recommended:

Bomb Pizza …Best in town!

Bob and Earls Café….. American food for breakfast and lunch, in west Trinidad (on highway 12 but still in town) but well worth the extra few minutes, locals love it. No outside dining. Cheap eats. 

Habaneros’s…….Best Mexican…on Nevada just north of I-25. Outside of building looks sketchy but food is great. You may want it as take-out as the inside dining is small. Cheap eats.

Mission at the Bell….Mexican.  On Main St. Moderately priced

Tequila’s Family Mexican Restaurant…..Chain restaurant.  You all have heard of it.  Judging from how full the parking lot was when we saw it, it must be good.  Easy access from the hotel as it is right across I-25 and a tiny bit south from the La Quinta. Moderately priced. 

Bill and I ate at:

Las Animas Grill…American. café with old time character, small bar in back. Good burgers!!! Cuban sandwiches, reubens, fish and chips, pork loin, flounder.  Open for lunch and dinner.

Sue wants to try if Bill will let her:

Tees Me Treat Me… Outside seating available.  American. Lunch only.  Pulled pork yumm!!!

Sita’s Kitchen….Middle Eastern & American.  Fresh baked small batch organic food. Vegan. Takes reservations with groups up to 6 people and does delivery within 5 miles.

Fast Food:

Of course, in and around town there is fast food, Wendy’s, Mc Donalds, Walmart Deli (next door to La Quinta) Safeway Grocery (Main St. in town), Taco Bell, Sonic, Domino’s Pizza Takeout & delivery.



Other Things to Do In and Around Trinidad

A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, 150 E. Main St. M-Sat. 10-4.  Check out Mr. Mitchell as he is one of Colorado renowned artists. Free Admission.

Baca House, Tickets required.  Closed at this time, 5-4-2021, Check again in September.

Bloom Mansion, Tickets required. Closed at this time, 5-4-2021. Check again at a later date.

Art Cartopia, Bizarre art automobiles.  Most street legal. 2702 Freedom Rd. (Use Google Maps to get there as the directions are a bit crazy) Museum is Free 

Trinidad History Museum, Tickets Required, Open Tuesday- Saturday, 10-4, Contact 719-846-7217.  Currently on view, the Santa Fe Trail Museum, including the new Borderlands of Southern Colorado: Remedios, Medicine, and Health.



Possible Painting Locations

  • La Quinta Hotel.  The back patio of the hotel has views of the distant Sangre de Cristo mountains. There are no structures behind the hotel so the view to the west is of open rolling foothills up to the mountains. A wonderful place to do landscape painting. TOILETS in hotel.


  • Fisher’s Peak State Park. Colorado’s newest state park which opened fall of 2020. It is located just a little south and east of highway and hotel. Only 10 minutes away.  Being a state park there is an entrance fee. $9.00 per day or an annual pass.  (I heard there might be a 3-day pass, but I did not check into that.) Stunning views of Fisher’s Peak even from the parking lot. Picnic tables at various places in the park, some at the parking area and some further up the trail. Directions: From the hotel, head south on frontage road (where hotel is) to exit 11 and cross I-25 to the east side frontage road and turn right (south) on it. Go a few miles and turn left into the park.  There are clear road signs to the park. TOILETS at the parking lot. Great place to Paint!

  • Trinidad Lake State Park.  Once again this is a state park and there is an entrance fee. On the north side of the lake past the Carpios Ridge camping sites there is overlook parking and picnic tables.  The view is pretty with pine trees around the tables and overlook but beyond that is a vast open landscape featuring the lake.  In my option, it is worth a peek but not the best location to paint. Best way to this state park is go to Google Maps for directions as the directions vary as to where you are. (in Trinidad or out at the hotel) TOILETS at overlook may be locked but there are toilets in center of the camping sites and these are open 24/7.  These are available to all who paid an entrance fee.