101 Things 2019


Things to do in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Page 6 Summer in the San Luis Valley 2019

volcanic tuff before crossing an alpine valley, home

to herds of deer and elk.

Miners built the town of Creede in the spirit of

exploration. Outside the town, a driving tour of the

area’s mining heritage winds through the rugged

geologic formations. Between Creede and Lake City,

the highway passes The Slumgullion Earthflow, a

geologic form that began 700 years ago. The Silver

Tread ends at a second mining town, Lake City.


The historic Fort Garland Museum takes visitors

back in time to the era of Kit Carson, commandant

of the fort from 1866-1867, and earlier commanders.

The museum features displays of the life of

officers and enlisted men during the years the fort

served southern Colorado.

Walk the parade ground of the fort and tour the

adobe buildings, which feature a re-creation of the

commandant’s quarters during Carson’s time. Rich

in military history, Fort Garland also highlights the

folk art and culture of the Hispanic community in

southern Colorado.

The Fort Garland Museum and Visitor Center is

located in Fort Garland, 25 miles east of Alamosa

off U.S. Highway 160. The Fort Garland Museum

and Visitor Center is open year-round. For more

information call 719-379-3512.

Fort Garland

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