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.

Tour guide speaking to a tour group

Self-guided Tours Available

Take a self-guided tour of the fort & discover the role the fort played in opening the west. Interpreters in period clothing are available.

Hunters’ camp with tents, mules, and supplies

2021 Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Event

The Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Symposium, September 23-26, 2021, celebrates 200 years of commerce and cultural connections.

Last updated: February 12, 2021

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Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

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