Located within the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area in south central Colorado, the community of Fort Garland lies at the eastern edge of the beautful San Luis Valley with unparalleled views of the Sangre de Cristo Range.
We are a caring group of residents, volunteers and neighbors united since 1989 as a non-profit corporation. Our mission is to give our community new life through actions and programs benefiting Ft. Garland's residents, neighbors, visitors and future generations. Short or long-term, we welcome your visit.
In the absence of a town government, the Fort Garland Revitalization Committee (FGRC) was formed to provide residents with community enrichment, events and programs. It began with a Colorado Rural Revitalization Project through Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The project was funded by the W.K. Kellog Foundation and involved 24 small communities across rural Colorado, with Fort Garland being the only unincorporated town.
Beautification of our public areas
Hosting the annual Children's Christmas Party
Contributing to our local Library
Supporting the Sierra Grande School scholarship fund
Managing the Ft. Garland Visitor's Center to help promote local businesses and community awareness as well as to provide tourist information for the region
Assisting other organizations in their endeavors such as the Fort Garland Museum and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Sponsoring and supporting local conservation efforts
The region combines influences of Anglo-American, Hispano-American and Native American cultures.
Fort Garland (1858-1883) was designed to house two companies of soldiers to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley which was then part of the Territory of New Mexico. The museum and cultural center feature special and permanent exhibits as well as educational programs and tours.
The park and preserve is know for the tallest sand dunes in North America and the seasonal Medano Creek and beach. There is a backcountry road leading into the mountains and trails which lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes.
This heritage railway operates both steam and diesel locomotives in and around San Luis Valley. There are scenic excursions, a concert series and special event trains.
The oldest continuously inhabited town in the state of Colorado is located along the banks of the Culebra River. Originally known as La Plaza Medio, the name was changed in 1851 to San Luis de la Culebra in honor of its patron saint.
Outstanding watchable wildlife areas most of the year, waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors fill the sky over these unique desert ecosystems. Blanca Wetlands BLM is an area of critical environmental concern and is closed to the public during the nesting season February 15 through July 15.
Sign up to hear more about volunteer opportunities with Fort Garland Revitalization Committee.
Stop and stay awhile. The community of Fort Garland offers restaurants, motels and campgrounds, groceries and hardware, gas stations and convenience stores as well as museums and gift shops. Our Visitor's Center offers clean restrooms and tourist information during the summer season.
P O Box 489 Fort Garland, Co
At the intersection of Highways 160 and 159
Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.