Fort Peabody- A Site To See...


Women at Fort Peabody

In the foreground two female tourists stand atop the flag mount with Fort Peabody in the background.

A Glimpse into History:
Fort Peabody was built in 1904 during the height of statewide labor disturbances, when the Western Federation of miners was managing strikes in the San Juan, Cripple Creek, Colorado City and other mining districts across the state.  The fort was specifically built as a sentry post for Colorado National Guard soldiers to prevent union miners or their sympathizers from entering San Miguel County and to thwart deported union men, classified as “undesirable citizens,” from returning home via Imogene Pass. Although the site is clearly significant in the state’s dramatic labor and mining history, it is perhaps even more noteworthy that Fort Peabody may be the highest and only remaining sentry post in the state specifically built to prevent a certain class of citizens from entering a county.  Decades later after the labor conflicts had been settled, the abandoned hut was nearly collapsed when it was restored in 2010 by San Miguel County in partnership with the Forest Service. Today the Fort attracts visitors who are drawn to its unique history and the breathtaking views!

How to get there:
Fort Peabody is located above Imogene Pass at an elevation of 13,114 ft. It straddles the line between Ouray/San Miguel County in the Uncompahgre National Forest. The Fort can be accessed from Telluride via the Tomboy Road, which is about 6.9 miles away. It can also be reached by a longer, but more scenic route from Ouray via the Imogene Pass Road. Both roads require high clearance four wheel-drive vehicles. During the winter months the roads are closed due to heavy snow.


Fort Peabody After Restorartion

Fort Peabody today  (July 10, 2013). The fort went through a major restoration project in 2010 and thanks to those efforts, it will hopefully stand strong for decades to come. 

View Today

View from Fort Peabody looking down on the jeep trail leading up to Imogene Pass. A foot trail leads from the parking lot up to the fort and is less then 250 feet to the top.