About Our Motel and Our Town
The Lodge Motel was built in 1962 and is a cornerstone of the community of Fort Garland, CO. In the early years, Fort Garland was commanded by Kit Carson. During the War Between the States, the legendary Buffalo Soldiers were stationed there. The fort has been preserved and is now a museum.
Our motel is located 9 miles from the turn from US 160, going up to The Great Sand Dunes National Monument, the largest sand dunes in North America, just west of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. We are east of the San Juan Mountains and are 18 miles from San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. This town attracts visitors from around the world who come to view the Stations of The Cross Shrine. The Lodge Motel sits at the base of Blanca Peak which is considered as a sacred mountain by the Navajo Nation.