Pike's Stockade National Historic Landmark

The Pike's Stockade is a designated National Historic Landmark, owned and operated by the Colorado Historical Society, State of Colorado. It is the site where explorer Lt. Zebulon Montgomery Pike constructed a stockade (fortification) to protect his exploration soldiers from the harsh winter elements of the San Luis Valley in Colorado. The stockade was constructed in 1807, on territory claimed by the Spanish government. He encounted Spanish dragoons and was captured and escorted to Chihuahua, New Spain (now Mexico). During the year of his confinement, Pike kept a secret journal, which he published soon after his release. The journals served as a blueprint for further exploration and eventual takeover of the Southwest by the United States.

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Latitude: 37.0113259 Longitude: -105.8642578 Elevation: 7686 ft
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Hours Open

May through October, weekdays 9-5 and weekends by appointment only

Time Period Represented


Seasons Open

Summer months May through October, weekdays 9-5 and weekends by appointment only

Visitor Fees


Price Style for this Establishment

Free and open to the public

ADA Accessibility Notes

This is wilderness but the road is passable by any vehicle.  Wheelchair accessible restroom on the site.  Trails are a little soft and would be difficult for a wheelchair. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Well-behaved pets welcome.  Owners responsible for clean up and disposal in trash cans which are provided. 

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