Fort Garland, Colorado

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Fort Garland is a census-designated place (CDP) in Costilla County, Colorado, United States. The population was 432 at the 2000 census.[3] The Fort Garland Post Office has the ZIP Code 81133.[2]


General Information

Fort Garland, a small rural community, rich in history, is referred to as the "Gateway to the San Luis Valley", as it is the first town you encounter once you have travelled Westbound through La Veta pass. Fort Garland is home to many artists, painters, crafters and internationally known musicians.

Although unincorporated, Fort Garland has a lively business district featuring 2 motels, several restaurants, the Old Fort Market grocery store, the Fort Garland Museum, 2 gas stations, a car wash, hair salon, campgrounds, hardware store, liquor store, and multiple shops featuring collectibles & antiquities as well as an authentic Wild West show, complete with shoot-outs, mustangs and buffalo!

The Annual Fort Garland Band Jam Music Festival features not only local and regional musicans, but also nationally and internationally recognized musical talent. This summer event, usually held in mid-July, includes an Open Air Market, local food venders offering up tradtional and regional cuisine, a Beer Garden, and children's activities and of course, some of the finest, varied music - from traditional Spanish Guitar to R&B to Rock and Roll!

The Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center is open to residents and the public on daily, monthly or annual fees. Enjoy the indoor, heated Olympic-size swimming pool, spa, sauna, hot showers, work out room, library with computers and internet access, craft room, meeting rooms with kitchen available, or just chill and play a round of billards.

The Entrada Visitor's Center is the perfect place for a rest stop and offers information on local and regional points of interest, such as the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado 'Gator farm, UFO Tower and other activities located within the San Luis Valley. And, make sure to stop by the town park, perfect for picnicking and relaxing while taking in the magnificent view of Mt. Blanca.

Fort Garland is also the cross roads of Hwy 160 and Hwy 159, a popular route for those Southbound to Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. As The Gateway to the San Luis Valley, Fort Garland offers something for everyone.


Fort Garland was established in 1858 to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley, then part of the New Mexico Territory. The fort was abandoned in 1883, following the confinement of the Utes to reservations. The Fort Garland Museum preserves some of the historic buildings from the Fort. [4]

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