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

Thank you to those who donated to our Farmer Training Program Silent Auction and to all of our winning bidders.  We raised over $2,200 that will be used to support our 2020 programs.  

Applications for the 2020 Growing Season will be available in November.  

On-Going Events

September 21st brought a Fall frost so the farmers wrapped up in early October.  After a successful summer CSA program, our Fall CSA is underway with 37 members.  We're already thinking about the Early Season CSA so watch our Facebook, Market place (www.tinyurl.com/oldfortmarketplace) and Instagram pages for more information or contact Beth at lashell_b@fortlewis.edu to get added to our Old Fort listserv.

The Old Fort’s campus Farm Stand runs  monthly through the winter with stands scheduled for  November 13th and December 11th.  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!