Castle of the Plains

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade.  Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events.

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Video provides background history of Bents' Old Fort.

Participants are cutting and preparing food for cooking

Frontier Skills Day March 17, 2018

Pre-registered participants enjoy taking on the role of trapper-hunter, domestic, carpenter, blacksmith, trader or laborer for the day.

Interpreter gives accounts of the 1840s Santa Fe Trail

Historical Representations of the Past

Bent's Fort and the Santa Fe Trail figure predominately in the Western Expansion of the United States.

Trails and Rails volunteers wait to board the Southwest Chief train

The Southwest Chief Narrated Trip

Trails and Rails volunteers provide narration aboard the Southwest Chief from La Junta, Colorado to Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The fort plaza where work could be done

Trade Starts With A Secure Adobe Fort

The fort was like a merchant ship on the ocean. Valuable furs and goods could attract piracy. Battlements give the company staying power.

Last updated: January 20, 2018

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Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

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