About Friends of the Fort Garland Museum

The Friends of the Fort Garland Museum is a non-profit group that supports the needs and activities of the Fort. We sponsor programs and events from May through October that are both fun and educational for children and adults throughout the San Luis Valley.

We established the "Milton Mueller Memorial Research Library", a very special facility that provides research materials for historians, genealogists and students.

Our summer programs include authors, archaeologists, local residents and their stories, musicians, artifact displays and much more. The history of Fort Garland is celebrated by the Fort Garland Regiment during the Memorial Day Weekend. We have all spent the night with “Manuel” our resident ghost, and we’ve recreated the old Fort days with a program that invites your active participation for a weekend.

    Benefits of Friends Membership:
  • Free Museum Admission
  • 10% Discount on Museum Store Purchases
  • Reduced rates for Tours and Special Events
  • Free use of research Library
    Member Dues:
  • $25 per family
  • $10 Student
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About the Fort Garland Museum

Visit historic Fort Garland established in 1858 by the United States Government when Colorado was still part of the New Mexico Territory. It is Colorado’s oldest military fort and the only one with its original buildings. As you tour these old adobe buildings, you will step back in time to the 1800’s and the days of Kit Carson. Hispanics were settling in the San Luis Valley, U.S. citizens were going west to find gold and the Indians were being driven from their native lands.

Relive the exciting days of the 1800’s in Colorado when legendary frontiersman Kit Carson was the Fort Garland Commandant who protected the new settlers in the San Luis Valley from the discontented Indians. The Fort’s mounted military expeditions helped rid the area of outlaws and controlled this frontier territory during the Civil War.

Learn about Kit Carson’s career and the exploits of the cavalry and Buffalo Soldiers garrisoned here during and after the Civil War. Visit our new Kit Carson exhibit…full of facts, artifacts and photos that make history come alive. See weapons, medical kits, uniforms, saddles and military equipment for cavalry and infantry troops. You might be fortunate enough to see actual military drills and flag ceremonies.

History enthusiast will enjoy browsing through the multi-faceted museum displays. You’ll see photographs, drawings, maps and letters that create an impressive picture of life on the Colorado frontier during that era. Also on exhibit are the everyday equipment and household items imported or made by local civilians and tradesman.

Stroll through the officers’ quarters and facilities for the support personnel needed to maintain a frontier post. Walk through the authentically restored barracks, commandments quarters and parade ground. You’ll enjoy the extensive collection of artifacts and books telling about the lives and deeds of many famous and notorious people during this era.

Learn about the Hispanic and European immigrants, troopers, trappers, traders, miners, outlaws and Native American Indians who lived and traveled through the area for many years. Experience the daily life and adventures of the soldiers and settlers who lived here or passed through. Learn how Kit Carson, Tom Tobin and others brought law and order to the San Luis Valley.