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

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TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) - Gov. Jared Polis says Fisher's Peak and the former ranch land surrounding it will become Colorado's newest state park.

Fishers Peak. Photo courtesy the office of Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

Polis' office said in a statement The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land plan to transfer the 30-square-mile 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.