Step back in time at the
Trinidad History Museum

The museum is a unique complex overlooking the Santa Fe Trail. Historic photographs, family possessions and commercial goods evoke the lifeways of the early inhabitants of south-eastern Colorado in the Santa Fe Trail Museum, which extends behind two distinguished hilltop residences.

gardens at the Baca-Bloom Museum
Baca House
Baca House from Main Street

The Baca House was built in the adobe style toward the end of the Santa Fe Trail era in 1870 by Frank Hough, manager of the Prowers & Hough Mercantile. In 1873 he sold the house to Felipe and Maria Dolores Baca for $7,000 worth of wool. The Bacas paid an additional $1,500 worth of wool for the furnishings. The present day museum/home blends Hispanic folk art with Victorian furniture.

rear of Baca house
Baca House from the rear

Next door stands the Bloom Mansion, the home of cattle baron Frank Bloom and his wife Sarah. Constructed in 1882, the Victorian rococo house is now filled with ornate furnishings from the period.

Bloom Mansion
The Bloom Mansion from Main Street

Brick pathways wind through a landscape of century-old trees, historic gardens filled with herbs and vegetables of the Hispanic Southwest, and recreated Victorian flower beds.

The museum store features distinctive Southwestern and Victorian gifts as well as books on Colorado and the West.

garden behind the Bloom Mansion
The gardens behind the Bloom Mansion
Pioneer Museum
The Pioneer Museum, behind the Baca and Bloom houses

Part of the museum complex contains the Pioneer Museum: a collection of covered wagons, implements and other memorabilia from the Santa Fe Trail and early pioneer days.

storage sheds

The Trinidad History Museum is located on East Main Street in Trinidad, Colorado, on US Highways 350 and 160 East, Exit 13B off Interstate 25. Hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily from May 1 through September 30 and October 1 through April 30 by appointment only. Admission is charged. Colorado Historical Society members admitted free. For information or appointments for off-season tours, call (719) 846-7217.

For more information: History Colorado