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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado


Nature and Science

Black-tailed prairie dog

(Levi Castello)

The animal life at Bent's Old Fort is typical of both semi-desert prairie and riparian habitat. To date ninety-nine species of birds, twenty species of mammals, and ten species of reptiles and amphibians have been identified at the site.

The most commonly seen animals at Bent's Old Fort include White-tailed deer, Mule deer, Coyote, Wild turkey, Desert cottontail, Western rattlesnake and a variety of birds.

Did You Know?

Trade room

The trade room at Bent’s Fort was stocked with items from around the world. There were glass beads from Italy, trade guns from England and Belgium, blankets and fabric from England, brass hawk bells from France, silver jewelry from Germany and vermillion from China.