The Old Fort | Hesperus, Colorado

A legacy of land

Education and agriculture

Nestled 16 miles southwest of Durango, the Old Fort at Hesperus is steeped in the history of the Southwest.

Once a military fort and federal Indian boarding school, it became Fort Lewis College's original site and has undergone several transformations.


Empowering future farmers

Today, the Old Fort is home to our Farmer Training Programs, tailored for those eager to thrive in arid mountain environments. From hands-on training for aspiring farmers to incubator opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, we offer a dynamic learning experience with challenging growing conditions and supportive mentors.

Explore the Old Fort's farming programs


Alumni businesses launched


Farmers trained        


CSA shares per year


Community partners and lessees


Your donations help us grow

Donations support the expansion and diversification of programming offered by the Old Fort. Your donation will go directly to enriching our curriculum, supporting southwest farmers and pursuing new research.

Weaving class

The Old Fort

18683 CO-140
Hesperus, CO 81326

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Land Acknowledgement 

We acknowledge the land that the Old Fort is situated upon is the ancestral land and territory of the Nuuchiu (Ute) people who were forcibly removed by the United States Government. We also acknowledge that this land is connected to the communal and ceremonial spaces of the Jicarilla Abache (Apache), Pueblos of New Mexico, Hopi Sinom (Hopi), and Diné (Navajo) Nations.

The Old Fort and Fort Lewis College are committed to reconciling their history as a federal Indian Boarding School from 1892 to 1909.

Learn more about reconciliation

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The Old Fort is owned by the Colorado State Land Board and managed by Fort Lewis College.

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