Things To Know Before You Come
The park is open year around for your visiting pleasure. Wear appropriate clothing for the season. There is a 1/4 mile walk to the fort with shuttle service available by using the trail head shuttle phone. The park film, bookstore and most of the first floor rooms are wheelchair accessible. No food or drink is available at the park. Goods and services are available by calling La junta Chamber of Commerce at 719-384-7411 or Las Animas Chamber of Commerce at 719-456-0453.
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website. www.colorado.gov Federal law also prohibits firearms in the fort. Discharge of firearms is prohibited in the park except by certified living history personnel.
Did You Know?
Bent’s Fort was the only place on the Santa Fe Trail where wagons could be repaired and supplies replenished. Typically it would take 50 to 60 days or more for ox drawn wagons to make the 600 mile journey from Missouri. It would still be another month of travel before they reached Santa Fe.