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?
The first white woman didn’t arrive at Bent’s Fort until 1846, 13 years after its establishment. Unlike the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail was basically a freight road, men driving freight wagons. That started to change after the Mexican War when New Mexico became U.S. territory.