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Pike’s Stockade

  • Pike Stockade

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    Anticipating attacks by Spaniards or Indians, US explorer Zebulon Pike and his men built a stockade like this one in southern Colorado in 1807.
    Pike Stockade
  • View from Sierro del Ojito

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    Zebulon Pike climbed this 600-foot butte adjacent to his camp. The wooded Rio Conejos winds through the foreground. Blanca Peak looms in background, just south of the prominent dip in the horizon that marks Medano Pass, where Pike entered the San Luis Valley.
    View from Sierro del Ojito
  • Pickets Inside Stockade

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    Pike and his men lined the inside of their stockade with sharpened posts called pickets.
    Pickets Inside Stockade
  • Rio Conejos

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    The Rio Conejos runs near the Stockade.
    Rio Conejos
  • Picnic at Pike’s Stockade, c. 1940s
  • Stockade and Sierro del Ojito
  • Entrance to Pike’s Stockade Grounds

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    The Pike's Stockade grounds are closed during the winter months but are open to the public and tour groups from Memorial Day weekend to September 30.
    Entrance to Pike’s Stockade Grounds
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Kevin D. Black, An Archaeological Inventory in the Pike’s Stockade Area, Conejos County, Colorado (Denver: Colorado Historical Society, October 2007).

Carrol Joe Carter, Pike in Colorado: The Explorations of Zebulon Montgomery Pike in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Fort Collins, CO: Old Army Press, 1978).

Donald Jackson, The Journals of Zebulon Montgomery Pike With Letters and Related Documents, 2 vols. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1966).

Joseph Scott Mendinghall, “National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Pike’s Stockade,” Historic Sites Survey (Washington, DC: National Park Service, 1975).

Frank C. Spencer, “Dedication of a Monument at the Site of Pike’s Fort on the Conejos,” Colorado Magazine 13 (September 1936).

Additional Information: 

History Colorado, “Fort Garland Museum & Pike’s Stockade.”

Jared Orsi, Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).