Fort Garland Easter Egg Hunt

Look for Easter eggs with us at the Fort Garland Museum! 
There will be two hunts, at 10:30am and 11:30am. The hunt is open to children ages 0-11. 
No tickets or RSVP required. DATE
April 08TIME
10:30am – 12:00pmLOCATION
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center
29477 Colorado 159
Fort Garland, Colorado United StatesCONTACT INFO
Fort Garland Museum

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Museum Basics

Museum Basics: Basics of Curation

This class will cover the basics of curation, including writing collection plans & policies, donor relations & acquisitions, and ethical and legal considerations.
• With an Annual Pass, you get one class free by signing up for the entire year of Museum Basics all at once.
• The Student Annual Pass is the annual pass for students enrolled full time at a college or university.
• The Institutional Pass allows for three or more individuals from a single organization to attend all 2023 classes.
Zoom online only 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM March 8, 2023

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Artisans Market at Fort Garland: Holiday Craft Affair

Artisans Market at Fort Garland: Holiday Craft Affair

Join us at the Artisans Market at Fort Garland Holiday Craft Affair on December 10th, 2022. Shop for unique holiday gifts created by local artisans and crafters and enjoy a day filled with musical entertainment, pirizes, and delicious food. Doors open at 10 am with parking and entrance at the front of the museum.
Vendor applications are available at the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center. Cost for a space is $10. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline to register as a vendor is December 1st, 2022. Contact the museum for more information at (719) 379-3512.Free event.
December 10
10:00am – 4:00pm
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center
29477 Colorado 159
Blanca, Colorado United States

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Fright Night at the Fort

Fright Night at the Fort

Come for spooky ghost tours of Fort Garland Museum with stories told by local authors and storytellers including Jack Rudder, author of Ghosts of Fort Garland. We invite visitors to bring their own spooky stories to share as well, because we will have local podcast host, Brad Hicks onsite to record some new content for the Spooky SLV Podcast.Also enjoy food, games, and prizes at our Halloween Carnival hosted in collaboration with the Sierra Grande High School Student Council.
The Carnival runs from 4:00-7:00pm. Ghost tours begin at 5:00 pm, with tours running every 30 minutes.
October 28
4:00pm – 7:00pm

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Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

Join us on November 3 for a lecture and book signing with author Susan Harness.
Born in Montana to a family living on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Susan became a transracial adoptee at the age of two when she was removed from her home by a social worker because of “neglect.” Bitterroot: A Memoir of Transracial Adoption, is a sweeping examination of her life that explores the uneasy intersection of race, history and the brutal government American Indian policies that affect the lives of her and her families.
Susan remains involved in the issue of American Indian transracial adoption and continues to write and speak nationally and internationally about this topic as well as about American Indian assimilation policies and practices.
This event is free and open to the public. 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM November 3, 2022.

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Lodging & Accommodations

Lodging & Accommodations

Colorado Lodging & Accommodations

Big blue skies, wide open spaces, and majestic mountains - Colorado has it all. With these many attractions and activities comes a variety of lodging options. Understanding where best to stay depends on your expectations for your Colorado vacation. Camping is for those who want to get close to nature versus staying at an Inn in one of Colorado’s popular resort towns. You can find the highest luxury appointments in Colorado and have just about everything catered, or discover more out-of-the-way cabins and motels that provide location access to various attractions. Colorado has developed as an expert in accommodating tourists of all types. With a little looking around, you will certainly find the lodging and vacation experience that will meet your expectations and budget.

At you’ll find everything from the Frisco Lodge and Frisco Inn B&B’s to the Royal Gorge RV Resort to Estes Park’s Aspen Winds Condos to Dillon’s BW Ptarmigan Inn to Aspen’s St. Moritz Lodge to the Vail Mountain Haus Condominiums

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Resort Town Lodging

Staying at one of Colorado’s resort towns is commonly associated with ski vacations. Thankfully for that popular activity, Colorado’s resort towns have various lodging choices that are available year-round. Local resort management companies will book lodging or seek out an online booking website. Resort town lodging often has “deals” on lodging during off-seasons or between peak seasons. Staying in a resort town is perfect for those who want to experience the liveliness of mountain town life and access mountain attractions, outdoor activities, or events.

Types of resort town lodging

  • Ski chalet rental - These can be ski-in, ski-out, or located within close proximity to the lifts. Best for large groups or families. They come complete with kitchens, living spaces, game rooms, hot tubs, and more, depending on the chalet.
  • Bed & Breakfast Inns - most commonly located near or within resort communities. These small personable Inns are often historical and well-appointed. In addition to being within close proximity of the ski slopes, they are usually around the corner to downtown districts and provide access to venues, restaurants, shopping, and more. Often Inns include spa services, facilitate reservations, or help you find guided experiences.
  • Condominium Rentals - Condominium complexes are found at ski resorts, and condos can be rented for several days or weeks. Ski area condominiums can vary from older and dated in their appointments to economy-style construction or very high-end, fancy. Condos usually have kitchens, living space, and access to shared hot tubs or pool areas. The high-end condos might have hot tubs within the unit, or a common pool, hot tub, gym facilities, and access to other services. That could include spa services, concierge services, food services, and more. Renting a condominium is a good choice for groups and families.
  • Brand Name and Local Motels - Almost all popular brand name motels can be found near the ski slopes. The services they provide are typical of that brand. It’s not uncommon to find luxury brand-name motels slopeside of popular ski resorts.
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Popular Destination Lodging

Colorado is full of popular destinations besides ski resort towns. Such as Estes Park, the Royal Gorge Region, Casinos, or any of the National Monuments, National Forests, and public lands. Due to Colorado’s diverse topography, rich western history, and a plethora of public lands and parks, there is a lot to see and do. Depending on what you want to do, lodging options change when looking beyond a resort town.
  • Campgrounds, RV parks, Cabins, and alternate lodging options - Common around water attractions such as whitewater rivers, mountain lakes, state parks, forest access, and BLM lands, is usually an assortment of campgrounds for both tent campers and RV travelers. Yurts, cabins, bunkhouses, RV parks, AirBnB, and other similar types of lodging are also found in these areas; however, they are usually associated with a private business such as a guest ranch, natural hot springs, or rafting outfits. State parks often offer cabin rentals, RV, and tent campsites as well.
  • Popular destinations such as the Royal Gorge region or towns like Silverthorne and Ouray have different attractions such as off-road touring, amusement parks, gambling, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, or even sailing. Lodging in these locations can be the most varied, from remote mom-and-pop motels, quaint Inns, guest ranches, and luxury hotels to campgrounds and RV parks. Essentially the traveler will choose from what’s available and their budget.
  • Colorado’s Luxury Hotels and Resorts - Many of Colorado’s luxury hotels grew out of the 1800s mining boom and the need to facilitate early business development and provide luxury experiences to Colorado’s early elite vacationers. Luxury hotels and resorts can be found in various places throughout Colorado and facilitate the traveler in many extraordinary ways, including guided outdoor mountain experiences and extensive spa services. Colorado’s luxury hotels and resorts are for those who prefer the red carpet treatment.

RV Parks & Camping

Colorado has 42 state parks that boast more than 4,000 campsites. Plus 830 RV Parks with campgrounds throughout the state. Most of these campgrounds and parks are in more out-of-the-way places. Often near National Parks, Forests, lakes or rivers, and public land access points. Touring Colorado by way of an RV is an excellent way to see the state and visit more remote locations. Both tent and RV camping are affordable ways to vacation short or long-term.  

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Vacationing in a Colorado cabin is popular for those who want to get away and relax in a laidback nature-infused environment. Most cabin rentals are provided by private landowners and guest ranches or can be found via state parks. Often commercial natural hot springs offer cabin rentals. Renting a cabin is a chance to stay in one place and experience the special natural features that surround the location. Cabins are nice for couples or small groups who want unique, memorable experiences.  

Guest ranches

Destination guest ranches or dude ranches date back to the mid-1800s and are the early pioneers of facilitating tourism. Ranching was the original way of doing business in Colorado and facilitated various endeavors, including developing ski areas. Colorado’s established guest ranches are rich with history and offer traditional western experiences such as horseback riding, hunting, and bar-b-que dinners. However, these outfits know all about staying current and offer various modern experiences such as mountain biking, sweat lodges, buggy rides, spa services, and event hosting. Staying at a guest ranch is for those who want to step back in time or experience modern accouterments in a traditional western style. Guest ranches will accommodate individuals, couples, and large groups.  


The growing popularity of Airbnb is catching on throughout the state. In Colorado, Airbnb locations are as diverse as the geography and provide lodging in secluded or unique locations not found via more conventional types of establishments. This is worth considering if you’re looking for something more off the beaten path.
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