Welcome to the 'Old Fort' at Fort Lewis College

The original site of Fort Lewis College, a liberal arts college in Durango, CO began 16 miles southwest of its present location in 1880.  

Historical resources will walk you through the 20th and 21st centuries as 6,279 acres on the La Plata River served as a Military fort, Indian school, High school, Two-year college , a Colorado State University Agricultural Experiment Station (San Juan Basin Research Center) and always an educational and community resource.  

Learn more about the history and current projects in a video produced in 2016: 

Upcoming Events

Our Silent Auction to benefit Farmer Training Programs is live until July 28th.  

Go to https://www.accelevents.com/e/farmertraining19 to bid on some fabulous items AND support the Old Fort in the process. 


To continue building our educational capacity and offerings, we rely on small grants and fundraisers like this. In the past, we've used silent auction proceeds toward tractor equipment that replaces some hand weeding in the FIT plot (hooray!), and toward the support we give FITs. to navigate the high cost of living in the area.


On-Going Events

We still have space in our summer CSA program! The Peak Season option, 10 weeks of delicious produce, starts in August.  You can sign up at www.tinyurl.com/oldfortmarketplace

The Old Fort attends the Farmington Growers Market on Saturdays from 8am to 12pm in Farmington, NM. You can find us there through early October.

The Old Fort’s campus Farm Stand runs weekly starting on July 17th through mid-October. We set up outside the Student Union from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and accept SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks.

Lastly, you can also get Old Fort vegetables and meat from the Country Store, located at the Old Fort at 18683 Highway 140. It’s open from dawn to dusk and restocked frequently – until the snow piles high!