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.
Hours OpenMay through October, weekdays 9-5 and weekends by appointment only
Time Period Represented1806-1807
Seasons OpenSummer months May through October, weekdays 9-5 and weekends by appointment only
Price Style for this EstablishmentFree 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.