1806, Zebulon Pike, after his discovery of Pike's Peak, came into the San Luis Valley most likely over Medano Pass not knowing that he was on Spanish soil. At Pike's Stockade, south of Alamosa, he was captured and taken prisoner to Santa Fe. Finally, in 1848, John Fremont led an ill-fated expedition into the San Luis Valley, northwest of Alamosa, during harsh winter weather.
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