White Mountain Trading Post

We are a living history museum in south central colorado. we offer daily gunfights, horse rides and several demonstrations of old time arts an crafts including blacksmithing, spinning, arrowhead chipping, and many others. And the best part we are all free!

Come meet Chester and Festus two new friends at the White Mountain Trading Post!
04/17/2017

Come meet Chester and Festus two new friends at the White Mountain Trading Post!

Peaches and Cream enhanced with Apricot oil!
06/14/2016

Peaches and Cream enhanced with Apricot oil!

Untitled Album
06/08/2016

Untitled Album

GUNFIGHT     JUNE   7   !!!
06/02/2016

GUNFIGHT JUNE 7 !!!

Field trip comming up from Denver horse rides for 50 kids in two and a half hours! Fun! Fun! Fun! :)
06/02/2015

Field trip comming up from Denver horse rides for 50 kids in two and a half hours! Fun! Fun! Fun! :)

Arizona Rangers Our movie last night was a real let down, we were all excited that we were going to get to watch a Addie...
05/17/2015

Arizona Rangers

Our movie last night was a real let down, we were all excited that we were going to get to watch a Addie Murphy movie that we hadn't seen before, so we sat down with our popcorn and waited with bated breath. And then a narrator came on and talked about how terrible Quantrill was, that was fine for the first five minutes, by ten minutes it was getting a little old, half and hour later we had changed sides and figured that Quantrill couldn't be that bad after all if someone was trying so hard to justify their opinion of him. And that was the point at which we should have turned back and redeemed our evening. But the hope that Addie Murphy would appear on screen and right all wrongs lulled us into false hope.

For the next hour we sat there as if in another world not believing our eyes. The acting couldn't be this bad could it? The plot really could not be this bad could it? It was going to get better wasn't it? Well it never really did get better. The only redeeming factor to the movie is that Addie Murphy doesn't die in the end. If I were you I would steer clear of this one unless you are ultra desperate and you just have to see a western then I suppose it will do for a once through.

Cowboy- Not everyone in west was gunfighters, they had cattle men too.     Your movie lesson for the day. Don't watch Co...
05/10/2015

Cowboy- Not everyone in west was gunfighters, they had cattle men too.

Your movie lesson for the day. Don't watch Cowboy staring Glen Ford and Jack Lemmon expecting a light comedy! It is far from the usual cute fluff you would expect from a story of a Chicago hotel clerk going west. Filmed in 1958 the Technicolor picture is crisp and clear but don't expect the same from the plot! I guess they were too close to the sixties to have a cut and dried, good guy bad guy scenario. Instead it is an interesting portrayal of how humans shape one another, without even realizing it. Just don't go into it expecting a Roy Rogers and I think you will enjoy it.

Recently there have been a lot of westerns come out that try to present an “authentic” picture of the old west Appaloosa, True Grit, and Assassination of Jessie James for example. I have a real problem with these, it seems to me that their makers watched to many black and whites when they were growing up and their parents forgot to mention to them that it was the limitation of film not to have color, not the limitation of that time! I know it may seem petty but that is one of my major pet peeves with modern westerns, they have so very little color. But don't get me wrong I have nothing against black and white, if you want to film in B/W then fine! But if you film in color make it look like the real world. Trees were still green, the sky was still blue, and if women bought material for curtains and dresses do you really think they bought only black and brown! For goodness sake purple dye was around 1500 Before Christ! Forgive me I begin to rant. I think the reason they do it is because nowadays access to western era props is so limited and expensive. If they shoot a western today they have to come in and set up the whole town from scratch, there are no set and waiting western towns like there were in the 40's and 50's. So its cheaper to just go through with a truckload of brown paint and make all the buildings the look the same. And as for the décor inside, they don't even bother most of the time. People back then liked nice colorful things just as much as we do now. Probably they liked them more because they appreciated them and didn't take them for granted like we do today. Open Range points this out slightly
about the tea set. Remember the Indians sold their lands and their spirit for bolts of calico and pretty glass beads.

So what am I trying to say with all of this? Well Cowboy is an unusual film for the time. They were trying to present the west with a little less hollywood and a little more realism. For that day in age that was a really novel idea and my hat goes off to them. Riding 20 hours a day does get a little old, even if it is “across the purple sage under a never ending sky” There were days the cowboys swore to themselves once they reached town they would quit cowboying, take up shopkeeping and never look at another beef! The cows were wild, most of the horses mean, the work long and the nights cold. A lot of the boys lived from one paycheck to another, they lived hard and as a result many of them got hard. Cowboy shows this and yet the towns don't all look like creepy ghost towns, they are alive, bustling with the energy. The rooms are furnished in the colorful fashion of the time. Those who notice props will have feast for their eyes wallpapers, lamps, fixtures, fabrics and nicknacks just like they were really lived in.

In short Cowboy presents a different side of the west than you usually see in movies, one that maybe wasn't so appealing. Is everything in the movie accurate? Give me a break! Especially when he gets in the train car to help the cows get up. I was raised around cows and I promise if you want them to get up you don't grab them by the head and twist, thats what you do to put the cow on the ground! Instead you grab their tail and twist that! But who cares it was a touching part of the movie and they were making a movie not a cow handling instruction manual. So next time you don't know what to watch give Cowboy a try, don't go expecting a shoot-em-up but a deliberate plot, decent acting, a look at human nature and a window into another time, you won't be disappointed.

We got our flags in! Usually we put up several American flags every summer but this year we decided to use flags from al...
05/02/2015

We got our flags in! Usually we put up several American flags every summer but this year we decided to use flags from all over the world, since we get visitors from all over it only makes sense. So far we have France, Italy, Spain, Israel, Australia,Great Britain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. But its an on going collection. We get quite a few Japanese here at the trading post and Hong Kong has such a pretty flag, I cant wait to add those to our "International" Trading Post. If anyone has any suggestions or would like to donate a flag to the cause for spreading global recognition and good cheer toward their nation, just let me know!

Field trip time! 80 kids descended on the White Mountain Museum this morning. I just love to see them learn, their minds...
04/30/2015

Field trip time! 80 kids descended on the White Mountain Museum this morning. I just love to see them learn, their minds are like little sponges.

Timeline Photos
04/09/2015

Timeline Photos

06/23/2014

Gunfight guys!!! We are going to have an all out shoot em up tomorrow! Come join us if you're in the area for a gunfight on 6-23-14 around noon.

The Trading Post now has its own cowboy airdancer. This is something I was not too sure about but RV was adamant, things...
06/17/2014

The Trading Post now has its own cowboy airdancer. This is something I was not too sure about but RV was adamant, things are going well though the horses are getting use to it. But I try not to watch it too much because, frankly, the way it moves is mentally disturbing! :)

We did another field trip day before yesterday, a very nice group of inner city kids, and no that is not a contradiction...
06/06/2014

We did another field trip day before yesterday, a very nice group of inner city kids, and no that is not a contradiction. They were really a great group. Unfortunately we were too busy during the field trip to take photos but we snapped a few of everyone hard at work preparing right before they arrived. 55 horse rides in an hour and a half, I think we should receive some kind of an award! I hate being that rushed with kids and horses, but thank God it went off smoothly.

These are some pretty interesting bars, they have a unique scent but the combinations of essential oils should keep down...
05/15/2014

These are some pretty interesting bars, they have a unique scent but the combinations of essential oils should keep down those pesky little germs.

I was not going to show you guys these Mocha Massage bars so soon after the Rose ones. I was going to mix it up and do s...
05/13/2014

I was not going to show you guys these Mocha Massage bars so soon after the Rose ones. I was going to mix it up and do something totally different today.

But I saw the sun rise this morning. (No. I do NOT mean that I WOKE up early) Then about two hours after I lay down for a nice long nap someone called about dogs, and after that it seemed like every one decided to move all the furniture in the house. I gave up on the idea of any sleep in this 48 and just got up. I am going to finish dressing out the rest of that soap before daylight tomorrow morning; even if I have to turn into a pie-eyed caffeine-oholic to do it!!! But back to why I posted this soap, I was wondering... does anyone know if you can absorb caffeine through the skin to into the blood stream? :)

It is so nasty cold and snowy here today all I want to do is take a hot bubble bath and curl up in front of the fire wit...
05/12/2014

It is so nasty cold and snowy here today all I want to do is take a hot bubble bath and curl up in front of the fire with a good book. So I decided to share with you all a perfect bubble bath soap.

With summer coming on so fast I thought I would put out something to cool everyone off. Orange Jello anyone?This is a gu...
05/10/2014

With summer coming on so fast I thought I would put out something to cool everyone off. Orange Jello anyone?

This is a guilt free pleasure it is 100% calorie free.

(Oh, bye the way, to get the most cooling effect from this, use in the yard with a hose ;p )

Anyone ever told you you were a bad apple? Well now you can smell like a good one! :) And dont ask me why the apple soap...
05/09/2014

Anyone ever told you you were a bad apple? Well now you can smell like a good one! :)

And dont ask me why the apple soap is pink and yellow, sometimes strange things happen inside wana-be creative people. My other soaps are very literal the punkin pie looks and smells like pumpkin pie, same for the lemon meringue. So aren't I allowed to throw a curve every once in a while?

White Mountain Trading Post
05/09/2014

White Mountain Trading Post

Some new soap is rolling off the line today. Here is my gag soap for the year. For the Cowpoke at heart here is a cleaning cowpie all complete with a haystring bow! Next year I think I will do little bags of Elk Droppings for those avid hunters :)

Some new soap is rolling off the line today. Here is my gag soap for the year. For the Cowpoke at heart here is a cleani...
05/09/2014

Some new soap is rolling off the line today. Here is my gag soap for the year. For the Cowpoke at heart here is a cleaning cowpie all complete with a haystring bow! Next year I think I will do little bags of Elk Droppings for those avid hunters :)

Well I think we have had our last field trip for the spring. We had a great bunch of kids and I only wish it had been a ...
05/03/2014

Well I think we have had our last field trip for the spring. We had a great bunch of kids and I only wish it had been a little warmer, we could have had more fun then.

Summer is just around the corner so teachers are getting in the last bit of education in on kids before their summer of ...
04/26/2014

Summer is just around the corner so teachers are getting in the last bit of education in on kids before their summer of well earned hoodlum-ism. So that means field trips! We had a lovely group yesterday and another one planned this week. We had a lot of fun.

04/21/2014

Time is up, and the WINNER of the SOAP GIVEAWAY IS ...........

Jackie Rife!

Getting geared up for Summer!!!
02/18/2014

Getting geared up for Summer!!!

07/04/2013

Happy Independence day everyone!!! Just remember while you all are out there roasting your hot dogs and fishing, what this day really means. Its not a day just to hang out and get drunk, this is the official start of the greatest nation and democratic experiment in the history of the word. So take a moment to remember all those people that took the effort to look outside themselves, past their own desires, and see what was happening around them. And not only to see but to have a vision of what could be and ACT on it. Ask your self; am I looking at the big picture, do I care about someone besides myself, would I ACT for the greater good as those before me have?

Timeline Photos
06/05/2013

Timeline Photos

06/05/2013

June 8th and 9th we are going to have a glass blowing demonstration from noon till five. Be sure to stop by and get your own personalized ornament! We will also provide refreshments and have a gunfight each day. Also the hoses are here so bring the little ones for a ride.

04/11/2013

Well the weather is starting to break for spring and we are responding in kind. Getting the yard cleaned up and opening the displays. Wont be long we will be going full swing. We might even have a glassblower doing demos this summer!

11/13/2012

We have just received a wonderful donation from Bruce and Joan Davis; a lovely Dine~ (Navajo) blanket and Doll. They are beautiful and I look forward to getting them out on display so everyone can enjoy them as much as I am! What a sweet thing for someone to do! Instead of selfishly hording they passed there heirlooms along so many can appreciate and learn from them. Hats off to them folks!

10/15/2012

Well we had our USDA inspection today and that went well so we should have our license in a few days. Imagine a zoo keepers license to have a buffalo! What a world!

06/16/2012

Another beautiful day here at the TP. Getting ready for fathers day, Hopefully we will have a good crowd as we have a good gun fight planned.

Yesterday we had a 86 year old gentleman come by and spend some time with us. He was very interesting and could tell some amazing stories. He used to be a horse trainer but decided to stop that about six years ago. But he does the most amazing bead work. Just like the Native Americans used to do, with the tiny seed beads. He left several items on consignment with us. Some brackets, chokers, bolos ties, bags and even a gun scabbard. Some really beautiful stuff you all will have to come by and see it. He might come and spend some weekends with us demonstrating how he does his work and telling stories. I hope he does and I will keep you posted as to when he will be here.

Eleeshea

06/08/2012

We have a field trip from Denver coming out the 13th. So we are getting ready for it all. 55 kids, two hours and everyone gets to ride a horse! We did one last Wednesday as well with slightly fewer kids. It was a little crazy but went fairly well. So hopefully the bugs will all be worked out and this one will go off without a hitch. If anyone is in the area stop by there will be lots of tour guides and lots of activities.

05/30/2012

Howdy everyone!!! Things are warming up nicely and the horses are fat and sassy. They have lost all but a bit of their winter hair and are starting to get the cobwebs out of their brains. The gunfights are going full blast (pun intended) and everything is starting to wake up for summer.

05/26/2012

The first gunfight of the season is about to take place. Wish you all were here, it looks to be an interesting performance. The wind is blowing fifty miles an hour and they were all trying to remember their lines! The gunfighters were joking about needing to tie their hats on so they could die before it blew off!

05/08/2012

Well its that time of year again!!! Our summer and busiest season is just around the corner. Soon we will all be stalking the grounds duded out and packing iron. We are gearing up for this to be our best summer yet.
Slowly we are wiping away the cobwebs and getting all the displays and buildings open for summer in an other week we should be 100% open and then memorial day we will start shooting one another! Hope to see you all at our gunfights! (as anaudiencee; just thought I should clarify!)

front porch is all but finished
12/10/2011

front porch is all but finished

12/10/2011

The White Mountain Trading Post is having an open house the 16th through the 18th of December. There will be complementary hot coco, apple cider and cookies. Bring your camera and get some unusual holiday pictures with our volunteers who will all be in period costume. Also bring the kids and get a free picture of them with Monty, our pony. We will be giving demos on wood stove cooking, knitting and gun spinning throughout the weekend. Our hours until Christmas will be 10am to 7pm, daily. Don’t forget that the trading post gift shop has handmade items from local artisans that would make perfect gifts; and at the same time you will be supporting the valley and the free living history museum. Stop by and see the progress we’ve made this year!

07/26/2011

It rained last night! I am so glad it has been very dry here, the weeds weren't even growing. The only problem is that is did not rain at the ranch on the other side of the valley where our horses are pastured.
So Today I get the doubtful pleasure of brushing out the horses and giving rides in the mud. Oh well the ground needed it so I should not complain.

07/24/2011

Well This facebook thing has sucked me in one more step. "Set up a page" they say "Start a blog" they say, so I do. But what a mess! Why when I live in a perfectly real world must I also have this alter-real existence? What is the world coming to when you have to live on the computer not only to stay in touch with friends but also to run a business?! I just don't get it!

Address

19085 US-160
Fort Garland, CO
81133

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 07:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 07:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 07:00
Thursday 08:00 - 07:00
Friday 08:00 - 07:00
Saturday 08:00 - 07:00
Sunday 08:00 - 07:00

Telephone

(719) 379-7179

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