Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Comancheria

Drawing of Fort Garland
Fort Garland drawn in 1859 by C.H. Alden,
the Surgeon General stationed at the fort.

The Fort Garland Museum and Visitor Center is located in Fort Garland, Colorado, 25 miles east of Alamosa off U.S. Highway 160.



Pike's Stockade

Pikes Stockade is closed for the winter season.

Drawing of Fort Garland


From Fort Garland, take US Highway 160 West to Alamosa. Go through town and turn left (south) onto US 285. Take US 285 South to La Jara. At La Jara, turn left (east) onto Colorado Road 136. Follow Colorado Road 136 to County Road 20. Turn left (north) onto County Road 20. Travel 2 miles to County Road Y. Turn right (east) onto County Road Y. Travel 4 miles to the entrance of Pikes Stockade. Turn right into the stockade grounds (over a cattle guard--which is actually County Road 24). Travel on County Road 24 for approximately 1 mile to the reconstructed stockade. Parking is free.


Colorado Historical Society members free; nonmember adults $5.00, seniors $4.50, children ages 6-16 $3.50.


The Fort Garland Museum and Visitor Center is open year-round.

It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Alamosa Community Points of Interest

Luther E. Bean Museum, located at Adams State College in Richardson Hall, Room 256. 719-587-7151.

Narrow-Gauge History Center, located at Cole Park, 719-589-3681.

Alamosa County History Museum, 719-587-0667

Communities and Related Links
Alamosa, Colorado Web Site
Fort Garland Web Site

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