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Fort-Garland is a small community located in south-central Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 433 residents. Although small, the town is noted for being the "Gateway to the San Luis Valley," and is home to many artists, crafters and musicians. The imposing 14, 345-foot Mount Blanca looms over the town, which is the first one reaches after traveling over the La Veta Pass from the Colorado Front Range. Fort Garland consists of the Old Fort Market grocery store, several restaurants, two motels, a couple of gas stations and other businesses, and several antiques and collectibles shops. The town is most known for the historic Fort Garland, built in 1858 to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley, which was then a territory of New Mexico. The fort was abandoned in 1883 and today houses the Fort Garland Museum. Fort Garland is also home to the annual Band Jam Music Festival, usually held in July, and featuring local, regional and national and international musicians. Other attractions near Fort Garland include the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Great Sands Dunes National Park and the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross. Fort Garland sits at the crossroads of Highways 160 and 159, which is a popular southbound route to Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Surrounding areas: La Veta, Colorado (23.9 mi)

Fort Garland Vacation Rentals

Fort Garland Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Fort Garland Motor Inn411 Hwy 160Fort Garland, CO (719) 379-2993
Clarion Hotel Of The Rio Grande333 Santa Fe AveAlamosa, CO23.3 mi.(719) 589-5833
Comfort Inn Of Alamosa6301 Rd 107 SAlamosa, CO24.1 mi.(719) 587-9000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3418 Mariposa StAlamosa, CO24.1 mi.(719) 589-4026
Comfort Inn0182 E Frontage RdSouth Fork, CO24.7 mi.(719) 873-5600

Fort Garland Weather & Climate

South-central is a complex mix of mountains and desert. Since Colorado is a mid-latitude interior continental state, and has the highest elevations in the United States, weather can change dramatically from place to place. Southern Colorado is not always warmer than the northern part of the state, due to the elevation. Generally, the mountainous areas are cooler and wetter than lower elevations. Winters are cold and snowy, and summers are warm with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Nights anytime of the year can be crisp in Colorado. Humidity is usually not a problem. Southern Colorado receives 300 days of sunshine per year. So, although there is plenty of snow in the wintertime, except at the highest elevations, it usually melts by mid-day.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 34°F 1°F 0.32 in. -
February 40°F 9°F 0.31 in. -
March 48°F 19°F 0.58 in. -
April 57°F 25°F 0.64 in. -
May 66°F 34°F 1.00 in. -
June 77°F 42°F 0.73 in. -
July 81°F 48°F 1.44 in. -
August 78°F 46°F 1.50 in. -
September 72°F 37°F 1.01 in. -
October 61°F 26°F 0.79 in. -
November 46°F 13°F 0.58 in. -
December 35°F 3°F 0.33 in. -

Fort Garland Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are San Luis Valley Regional Bergman Field (ALS) located about 23 miles west of Fort Garland in Alamosa, Colorado, the Silver West airport (C08) located approximately 40 miles north of Fort Garland in Westcliffe, Colorado, the Leach airport (1V8) located roughly 41 miles northwest of Fort Garland in Center, Colorado, and finally the Angel Fire airport (AXX) located around 70 miles south of Fort Garland in Angel Fire, New Mexico.

Fort Garland Attractions

Golf Courses
Cattails Golf ClubAlamosaCO23.5 mi.
Grandote Peaks Golf ClubLa VetaCO24.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Red River Ski AreaRed RiverNM49.8 mi.
Angel FireAngel FireNM72.0 mi.
Sipapu Ski AreaVaditoNM86.5 mi.
Pajarito MountainLos AlamosNM116.9 mi.
State Parks
Lathrop State ParkCO34.6 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO72.7 mi.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO102.6 mi.

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