Fort Garland Museum

The Fort Garland Museum is a restored 19th century adobe military post. It was active between 1858 and 1883 during the time of Westward expansion. The Museum is owned and operated by the Colorado Historical Society, an agency of the State of Colorado. This frontier outpost protected incoming settlers from Ute resistance to the consequences of the Mexican American War and Manifest Destiny. Though no major battles were fought here, the Fort did participate in the Battle of Glorieta Pass, a Civil War battle that kept the Confederate army from moving the war further west. Frontiersman, scout and military man, Christopher "Kit" Carson served here and negotiated treaties with Chief Ouray and the Utes. The museum interprets military life, New Mexico Volunteers, Buffalo soldiers, Kit Carson and historic preservation.

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Latitude: 37.3788879 Longitude: -105.4907227 Elevation: 7788 ft
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Seasons Open

Open year-round with special winter hours

Hours Open

April - October, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November - March, open Thursday- Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


$5 - adults; $4.50 - Seniors (65 and over); $3.50 (children 6 - 16); Members and Under 6 Years Old FREE; special group and school rates with reservations

Eco-Friendly Notes

Most buildings (5 of 6) are adobe structures. One is heated by geothermal and plans are underway to heat the exhibit areas in the same way. Water sprinklers are timed and used sparingly from the museum's own well. 

ADA Accessibility Notes

Since it is a restored historic site, it is not FULLY accessible to wheelchairs. The ground can be soft between building entrances. Cement pads are provided at the entrance. The Museum Shop and Admissions area is wheelchair accessible. There is no interpretation in braille.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed dogs are allowed. Owners responsible for clean-up. Summer temperatures can be deadly for animals, please bring lots of water.

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