This park has a very aggressive program to control exotic plant species, particularly Tamarisk. Also known as Salt cedar, this aggressive shrub has impacted all the major river systems in the western United States. The Chihuahan Desert /Southern Shortgrass Prairie Exotic Plant Management Team has provided significant support for this project. As of June, 2004, all 350+ acres that originally infested the park had been eradicated.
Did You Know?
Many of the west’s most important men passed through the gates of Bent’s Fort. Some of their names were Joseph Walker, John C. Fremont, Kit Carson, Bill Williams, Tom Fitzpatrick, Dick Wooten, Francis Parkman, Marcus Whitman, General Kearny, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, and George Ruxton.