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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?

Wagon on the Santa Fe Trail

Bent’s Fort was the only place on the Santa Fe Trail where wagons could be repaired and supplies replenished. Typically it would take 50 to 60 days or more for ox drawn wagons to make the 600 mile journey from Missouri. It would still be another month of travel before they reached Santa Fe.