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come explore Fort Garland / San Luis

San Luis is a picturesque little town lying at the mouth of the valley of the Ventero. While San Luis is the oldest surviving settlement in Colorado, it was not the first. (Read more below...)

[ 6 things to do ]

1. Visit: Fort Garland Museum
2. Drive: the Los Caminos Antiguas Scenic Byway
3. Fish: Smith Reservoir
4. See: Shrine of the Stations of the Cross
5. Fish: Conejos River
6. Dine & Shop: Local Shops and Cafes

Come Explore the San Luis Valley

Fort Garland, Colorado

The setting of San Luis is surrounded by lush green fields at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the east and the San Luis Hills to the west. When visiting San Luis, make sure to see the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross which was locally built as an act of faith. it is a beautiful and moving experience.

Fort Garland is an important visitor attraction in the San Luis Valley. It has the only original fort buildings in Colorado and it was home to Kit Carson during a portion of his military career. The surrounding wild lands are a haven for outdoor fun. Full of activity for wildlife, tourists and locals: the views are truly amazing. Bring your fishing pole and spend some time fishing the Conejos River or grab your hiking boots or bike and hit the trails.

Photo Courtesy of Alamosa Visitor's Center

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