Nestled against the base of Mount Blanca, tiny Fort Garland, Colorado sits at the intersection of US Highway 160 and Colorado State Highway 159. Highway 160 is the main east-west route traversing the southern edge of Colorado from Springfield in the extreme southeast corner of the state through the San Luis Valley and across famous Wolf Creek Pass to Cortez in the far southwest. Highway 159 heads south from Fort Garland to the Colorado-New Mexico border on the way to Taos.
Although small, Fort Garland offers everything a wayfarer could possibly want. You can start your visit at the Visitor's Information Center. Ask the attendants if they know about Jack Gordon and John Busby, some of the locals love to talk about Jack's disappearance.
Gas, food, hardware and lodging are available. The 1st Stop and a Texaco station offer fuel ($3.69 a gallon for regular as of Labor Day weekend 2012).
The Old Fort Market is a small, but surprisingly well supplied grocery store. The locals all shop for their hardware needs at the Post Comissary, an old-fashioned general store owned and operated by Matt and Bill Martinez.
Del's Diner, The Old West Cafe and the Silver Sage Steakhouse offer home-style meals in a friendly setting.
The Lodge motel and the Fort Garland Motel offer overnight lodging. For entertainment you can tour the original Fort Garland, once commanded by the legendary Kit Carson. Or for the kids, there is an old west show at the White Mountain Trading Post, complete with horses and a bison.
This is where Jack Gordon was living while working on the construction of his home in the Sangre de Cristo Ranches, up until his disappearance on October 2, 2008.