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. 

Bent's Old Fort Intro

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5 minutes, 27 seconds

Video provides background history of Bents' Old Fort.

Participants just in from a night in camp approach the fort looking to become a part of the company.

Living History Encampment June 7-11

This total immersion course in living history will make you feel you are actually here in 1846!

Kids learn how to pack a horse during the Kid's Quarters Event

July 8 Kid's Quarters Event

Kids 7-11 year-old can register starting May 1st to work in a role during the July 8th Kid's Quarters event

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 Albuquerque, 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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

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