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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Prairies and Grasslands

The park is situated on a series of low benches along the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado. It is located on the western edge of the Great Plains at an elevation of 4035 ft. This area is short grass prairie, classified as the Kuchler Vegetation Type, as Gramma and Buffalo grasses dominate the high benches. The river bottom encompasses mixed grasses, riparian and wetland plant species. The current vegetation is a mixture of native plant communities impacted by exotics and grassland recovering from agricultural use.

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Santa Fe Traveling Trunk

Bent's Fort's Santa Fe Traveling Trunk is a mini-museum of 1840s clothing, games, and trade goods for use in the classroom. Ten lesson plains are based on Colorado State teaching standards. More...