Welcome to The Old Fort

The Old Fort at Hesperus is the original site of Fort Lewis College, located 16 miles southwest of Durango and just south of Hesperus.

This short film covers the 20th and 21st centuries as 6,279 acres on the La Plata River served as a military fort, Native American boarding school, high school, two-year college, and a Colorado State University Agricultural Experiment Station (San Juan Basin Research Center). Now known as the Old Fort at Hesperus, and managed by Fort Lewis College, this land has always been an educational and community resource.

Support the Old Fort

Thanks to everyone who contributed on Giving Tuesday! We appreciate your support. If you missed Giving Tuesday and want to make a donation to the Old Fort, you can give any time. Just click the link below.

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Purchase our veggies and meat

fresh locally grown produce from the old fort As part of our farmer training programs, we grow vegetables on 2-3 acres for the local community, and raise grass-fed beef. You can find our veggies and meat at the onsite Country Store, on campus at the Farm Stand, on the menu at San Juan Dining, and at the Durango Farmers Market in early summer. We also offer CSA shares with pickup locations in Durango and at the Old Fort.

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Farmer Training Programs

farmers in training posing near tractorThe Old Fort at Hesperus, located near Durango, Colorado, is a growing and multi-faceted answer to farmer training in the Four Corners region. One of the few educational farms specializing in high-elevation desert farming, these programs are uniquely positioned to support farmers wishing to work in arid mountain environments. Welcoming everyone from college interns for brief summer experiences to incubator farmers ready to start a business, the Old Fort offers good (and challenging) growing conditions, supportive staff, and diverse resources for high elevation market farming.

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