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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Things To Do

Painting of people in the plaza
The Fort was crowded with traders, trappers, and company employees when fur trade was in its "prime".
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Activities
A 1/4 mile walk down the trail will bring you to the gate of the fort. Inside you can view the 20 minute documentary film, "Traders, Tribes and Travelers". Self-guided tours and the film are available throughout the year. Living history interpreters provide guided tours and demonstrations June 1 through September 1. Guided tours are available September through May at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Summer tours are at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm. Guided tours are not available during special events. Organized group tours can be reserved by calling (719) 383-5026.

 

2014 Special Events
The fort comes to life during the Frontier Skills Day, Santa Fe Trail Encampment, Kid's Quarters, Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Native American Heritage Day, and the Traditional
Holiday Celebration. Click here for the schedule.

 
trail

Hiking trail

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Bent's Old Fort Hiking Trail
Visitors can hike a mile and a half trail that winds its way through the cottonwood trees alongside the Arkansas River. The marsh is home to several species of birds. Interpretive exhibit signs tell the story of the river ecosystem, Santa Fe Trail and Bent's Fort. Click here for a bird list.

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