The Fort Garland Revitalization Committee welcomes and encourages new members to get involved.
Next FGRC Meeting is August 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Social hour at 5:30.
Our efforts and projects directly benefit the communities of Fort Garland and Blanca, Colorado.
The Entrada Visitor’s Center Opened May 15
The Cemetery is looking quite dapper these days
The flower boxes are flourishing
The June 18th Highway Clean Up Project was a success
The Entrada has a new sign
Look! There's a new rock garden at the Town Park
The Town of 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 traveled West over La Veta Pass from the Colorado Front Range. Fort Garland is home to many artists, painters, crafters and internationally known musicians.
Although unincorporated, Fort Garland has a business district with 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 a Wild West show.
The Annual Fort Garland Band Jam Music Festival is a summer event, usually held in mid-July, includes an Open Air Market, local food vendors offering up traditional and regional cuisine, a Beer Garden, and children's activities.
The Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center is open to residents and the public on daily, monthly or annual fees.
The Entrada Visitor's Center offers information on local and regional points of interest, such as the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado 'Gator farm, UFO Watchtower and other activities located within the San Luis Valley.
Fort Garland is also the cross roads of Hwy 160 and Hwy 159, a popular route for those travelers going Southbound to Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Fort Garland was established in 1858 to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley, then part of the New Mexico Territory. The Fort was oversee by Kit Carson for several years, but then abandoned in 1883, following the confinement of the Ute Tribe to government reservations. The Fort Garland Museum is open daily and provides the rich history of Fort Garland.