What to See
Civil War in the West
This exhibit highlights the Battle of Glorieta Pass—a decisive but little-known Civil War battle that halted the Confederate advance to the Colorado gold regions.
Saving the Fort
Saving the Fort celebrates the history and preservation of this important site and displays the work of the Fort Garland Historical Fair Association.
Buffalo Soldiers West
This exhibit focuses on the opportunities black soldiers found in the military, and the controversies that surrounded them, during the Plains Indian Wars period from 1866 through 1891.
After the Civil War, many black soldiers eagerly responded to the government’s call for troops to help create permanent settlements in the West. Segregated black units were formed and over 10,000 black soldiers moved west to help create a new way of life they hoped their people would be able to share. The 9th cavalry of the U. S. Army was garrisoned at Fort Garland.
The exhibit contains rare historic photographs of the Buffalo Soldiers in combat, on patrol, in the barracks, at work, and at rest. Also on view are fascinating artifacts including everyday items used by the Buffalo Soldiers.
The Four Careers of Kit Carson
This exhibit follows the varied careers of the legendary Kit Carson—commandant of Fort Garland from 1866 to 1867. The exhibit looks beyond the legend and explores the life of the man, his family, and the people who influenced him. Carson ventured throughout the Southwest and West as a scout, government courier, Indian agent, and soldier.
Our gift store features an excellent selection of books on Colorado and the West. Tourist information is available daily.