History & Heritage

Francisco Fort Museum

306 So. Main St., La Veta, CO 81055

(719) 742-5501


Season: May 11 to September 30

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, or by appointment.

Admission: $5.00; Under 12 free; Seniors/Military $4.00

Francisco Fort Museum is an original 1862 adobe plaza! Exhibits featuring artifacts from the entire Huerfano County region, including: Native American cultures, Hispanic legacy, Anglo settlement, ranching, blacksmithing, saloon, log school house, the coal mining era and MORE! The adobe buildings are indeed artifacts themselves, so take a step back in time. Self-guided tours let you experience the historic site your own way, or take a guided tour with an experienced docent to give you ‘the rest of the story’. Guided tours vary per visitor, but are typically about an hour in length. Take time to visit the bookshop which contains a fine collection of books pertaining to Southern Colorado history and culture. Gifts, jewelry, keepsakes all with a local and regional flare, post cards and fine conversation, always found in the bookshop!

2017 Events at the Fort


  • June 4 at 2:00 pm The Ghosts of Francisco Fort, presented by 970 Paranormal in the La Veta Public Library Meeting Room
  • June 24 Cowboy Day
  • July 22 Francisco Fort Day



Historic La Veta Self-Guided Tour – This tour covers numerous historic stone structures built with locally quarried yellow sandstone and wooden structures that are important to the culture and heritage of La Veta. Twelve of the structures have historic markers that provide additional information. Pick up a brochure/map at any of the following locations:


Paradise Coffee, 305 So. Main St.

La Veta Library, 310 So. Main St.

The Signature Newspaper, 124 N. Main St.