Fort Garland Museum

Discover the Fort Once Commanded by
the Legendary Frontiersman
Kit Carson

29477 Highway 159
PO Box 368
Fort Garland, CO 81133
(719) 379-3512
Anita McDaniel
9:00-5:00 Daily April 1st - October 31st
10:00-4:00 Thursday - Monday November 1st - March 31st
Adults $5.00; Seniors (65+) $4.50
Youth 6-16 $3.50; Under 6 Free
Free to CHS Members!
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The Fort Garland Museum and Visitors Center Fort Garland Museum & Visitor Center 
A Welcome Sight For Travelers
The Museum & Visitors Center Is Open 9-5 During The Tourist Season

Established in 1858 in southern Colorado, Fort Garland, with its garrison of over 100 men, served to protect the earliest settlers in the San Luis Valley.

Today you are invited to walk the parade ground of the fort and tour the adobe buildings, which feature a re-creation of the commandant's quarters during Kit Carson's time.

Rich in military history, Fort Garland also highlights the folk art and culture of the Hispanic community in southern Colorado.

Read the Story of Fort Garland.

You will find an excellent Gift Shop at the Fort.

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Click on any image for a larger view and more information

The Commandant's Quarters THE COMMANDANT'S QUARTERS

Once Home To
Kit Carson
THE BARLOW & SANDERSON STAGECOACH The Barlow & Sanderson Stagecoach
Wool carding and spinning WOOL CARDING AND SPINNING
SAN LUIS MARIACHIS San Luis Mariachis
Las Posadas Re-enactment LAS POSADAS BEING
RE-ENACTED
OFFICERS QUARTERS WEST

Mount Blanca in the Background
Officers Quarters West
Officers Quarters East OFFICERS QUARTERS EAST

Now Houses the Visitors Center
and Gift Shop
RESTORED CAVALRY BARRACKS
Houses Exhibits of
Traditional Hispanic Arts and 19th Century Artifacts
Restored Cavalry Barracks
Buffalo Soldiers Standing Guard Outside Old Fort Garland BUFFALO SOLDIERS
STANDING GUARD
OUTSIDE THE PLAZA
AT OLD FORT GARLAND
COMMANDER KIT CARSON

At Fort Garland
1866 - 1867
Commander Kit Carson
Chipeta - Wife of Ute Chief Ouray CHIPETA

Wife of Ute Chief
Ouray
FORT MASSACHUSETTS

Circa 1855
Drawing of Fort Massachusetts
Artifacts from early Fort Garland ARTIFACTS

Used in Everyday Life
at early Fort Garland
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