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Fort Garland, Colorado

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Fort Garland is an unincorporated town, located at an elevation of 7,936 ft (2,419 m) in northern Costilla County, Colorado. At the time of the U. S. Census (2010), the population was 433. Fort Garland, one of the oldest towns in Colorado, was established by the US Army in June of 1858 to protect settlers from the Utes in the San Luis Valley, which was then part of the New Mexico Territory. The fort was abandoned in 1883 following the confinement of the tribes to Indian reservations in Utah territory and Colorado.


US Route 160, Fort Garland, Colorado
(looking east towards La Veta Pass)
(from CDOT)

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