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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Plan Your Visit

Men preparing mule for trip into the mountains.
Trappers preparing animals for travel down the Santa Fe Trail.
NPS File Photo
Weather and Climate

Summer daytime temperatures range between 80 to 105° F, nights 50 to 75º F. Winter daytime temperatures range between 0 to 65° F, night -20 to 30º F. Precipitation is minimal. Brief afternoon thunderstorms with lightning, hail, and gusty winds can occur during the summer. Winter snow accumulations are generally light, but heavy snows may occur. Layered clothing appropriate for the season is recommended. Weather can vary greatly throughout the day.

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.