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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Wetlands, Marshes and Swamps

Nature and Science

Large wetland

(Levi Castello)

The historic site includes two wetlands and a pond which encompass approximately 148.5 acres.The larger wetland is a four to six foot depression area located on the second floodplain bench of the Arkansas River. It is three to five feet higher in elevation than the tamarisk invasion zone. The smaller wetland is located below the pond and drains into the river at high water events. Until 2000 there was no comprehensive inventory of plants or fish of the wetland areas.

Did You Know?

Travelers unhitch their animals in the side corral

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.