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Mission Statement

The Francisco Fort Museum is a historic site with buildings, structures, artifacts, and collections. Francisco Fort Museum serves as an educational facility, which shall carefully select, preserve, care for, exhibit, and communicate the natural and human history of Huerfano County and the adjacent region.

Francisco Fort Museum shall provide quality educational opportunities and programs for the engagement and enjoyment of patrons, community members, and visitors.

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Step into Colorado's past at Francisco Fort Museum. Originally built in 1862, this historic site has played an important role in the region's development. Visit the museum and discover fascinating exhibits on Hispanic and Native American culture, ranching, coal mining, and more.

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Francisco Fort Museum hosts several special events throughout the year. Join us for Francisco Fort Day on July 22nd. Admission to the museum is free on this day, and you'll be able to experience demonstrations of traditional adobe brick-making, blacksmithing, and bread baking in our horno. Pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Live music, will be performed on a covered stage between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Francisco Plaza. Enjoy beverages and snacks in our Plaza Spur Saloon. For more information on this event and others, click the "Special Events" button below. 

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Explore the history of Huerfano County at Francisco Fort Museum.

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About Francisco Fort Museum

Francisco Fort Museum is a collection of buildings, artifacts, and collections located in La Veta, Colorado, in the historic Huerfano County region. Founded in 1958, the museum is situated on the site of the original adobe fort, built in 1862. The exhibits and artifacts in our collection give a fascinating glimpse into the history, culture, and traditions of the area. The Francisco Fort is the only original and complete adobe fort still standing in Colorado.

The Fort Francisco museums and grounds are owned by the town of La Veta. The artifacts are owned by the Huerfano County Historical Society. Francisco Fort Museum is a member of the San Luis Valley Museum Association and the Pike National Historic Trail Association.

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"Such a vast, diverse, and representative collection is an extraordinary achievement." — B. Marshell of the Colorado Humanities Program
"This is paradise enough for me." — Col. John M. Francisco, when he chose this site for his adobe fort and plaza in 1862
"Francisco Fort Museum houses the most extensive arrowhead and point collection in the state of Colorado." — Colorado State Archaeologist


• Children & Active Duty Military — Free • General Admission (Age 12 & Over) — $5 • Seniors & Military Veterans — $4

Donations Are Tax Deductible


Thank you for your interest. For questions or comments, please use the information listed here. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

(719) 695-8827

Hours of Operation
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Special Tours Available by Appointment

306 S Main Street, La Veta, CO 81055

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