Retrace the Old Spanish Trail: Sept 9, 2017

Fort Uncompahgre, on the Northern Branch of the Old Spanish Trail presents the Crossing of the Gunnison on September 9, 2017.  The event celebrates the historic crossing point of the Gunnison River in the Robidoux Bottoms south-west of Delta.  The North Branch of the Old Spanish Trail traveled from the San Luis Valley over the divide at Cochetopa Pass, traverseing  west over to the Uncompahgre Valley, down to Delta bottoms.  The historic crossing was used by the Ute natives, the Rivera Expedition, Dominguez-Escalante Expedition, as well as later American explorers from Fremont to Gunnison.

Viewers will observe the pack train as it descends on the Old Spanish Trail into the Escalante Wildlife Area, then crossing the Historic Ford of the Gunnison River.  Meet at Fort Uncompahgre no later than 8am.  Transportation will be provided to the Escalante Wildlife Area.

Fort Uncompahgre was established by Antione Robidoux in the 1820’s as a trading post on the Western Slope to serve local native Utes, and as a supply outpost for the fur trappers.  It was the first such enterprise in western Colorado.

Fort Uncompahgre
440 North Palmer Street

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