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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Environmental Factors

Nature and Science

Russian knapweed

(courtesy of Arizona Crop Improvement Association Inc.)


The park's exotic weed control program addresses tamarisk, whitetop, Russian knapweed, Canada thistle, kochia, bindweed, Curly dock, and Russian thistle. There are 39 other assorted exotic plants which currently have minor impact on the historic site.

We are developing our baseline data sets for natural resources through the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) initiative. The historic site is part of the Southern Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network as well as the Chihuahuan Desert/Shortgrass Prairie Exotic Plant Management Team.

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.