The name La Garita is Spanish for “the lookout point.” The hills at the mouth of La Garita and Carnero creek have long been climbed to gain a greater view of the San Luis Valley. Trails from the upper creeks joined the West Fork of the Old Spanish Trail. it was officially designated a National Historic Trail on December 4th, 2002.
This area has been a favorite campsite for thousands of years. Pales-indian people were the first here, then the archaic and historic people came. The Utes lived in this valley when the Spanish arrived. Spanish speaking people came to trade with the Utes. Around 1860, Guadalupe Torrez built a trading post which he operated until 1870. During this time, other settlers moved into the area.
According the the old maps of the area, the original town of La Garita was located at the mouth of La Garita Canyon. It boasted of the first church and school in this part of the country. The La Garita Trading Post was also established long ago and has experienced different locations and various owners. This little enterprise has truly stood the test of time. We are proud to continue the tradition of offering excellent fare and friendly service. Thank you for stopping by!
We hope you enjoy your stay in La Garita!