Colorado is chock full of history – from our state’s most historic battlegrounds to our museums, indigenous remnants, and everything in between. When it comes to our parents and grandparents, one of the most trying times in our country’s history was WWII, which affected both those fighting on the front lines and those waiting back home. While WWII seems like it took place millions of years ago and on a different planet, much of it was happening in our own backyard, thanks to this little-known German prisoner-of-war camp in Colorado. Camp Trinidad has a unique, albeit dark, history. Here are the details:

Regardless of the dark history of Camp Trinidad, the area is lovely and worth exploring even beyond this historic landmark. Camping by the lake here is a must!

Did anyone in your family serve in WWII? We would love to hear about it in the comments.

For more historic peeks into Colorado history, check out this rare footage from the 1940s.

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