Events and activities subject to change
The public should be prepared for reduced hours and services provided by Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site employees due to the sequestration that became effective March 1, 2013. Please check back often for further details or changes.
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.
Things to do
Living history tours, demonstrations (seasonally), special events, self-guided tours and an orientation video is available.Read More
Kids can participate in the "Kids Quarters" Event, stepping back in time. The Junior Ranger program is available for visiting children.Read More
School tours with demonstrations are available year around. The park's Santa Fe Trail Traveling Trunk can be shipped to you school.Read More
Western National Parks Association Book Store
The Book Store is stocked with books, videos, maps, and many of the trade goods found at the fort during the 1840s.Read More
Did You Know?
Bent's Fort was on the boundary with Mexico in the 1830s and 1840s. It was 600 miles from the nearest town in Missouri.