The Trade Goods and Book Store at Bent's Old Fort offers many of the same trade goods that were exchanged for bison robes and other peltries at the fort in 1846. A visit to the store links you to the past when Bent's Fort was part of a thriving commercial trading empire. You can purchase replicas of the same goods offered by the Bent brothers and carried along the Santa Fe Trail. Items such as flint and steel, powder horns, and copper rum cups might have been supplies the mountain men needed; the Indians wanted trade beads and coffee; from Mexico came shells and baskets. Hand made leather pouches and blankets, Hudson Bay blankets and Dutch ovens are examples of goods offered for sale.
In addition to trade goods, over 100 titles relating to the Fort, Native Americans, Sand Creek, mountain men, the fur trade, historical cooking, and the Santa Fe Trail are available for every age and level of study.
The store is operated by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to assist the National Park Service in providing educational materials to park visitors. Your purchases directly support educational and scientific research programs at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. A membership with WNPA allows you to become a partner with our western parks and thousands of people who visit daily. Six levels of membership offer you the opportunity to chose your level of commitment and all donations are tax deductible. Become a member today by contacting Western National Parks Association at www.wnpa.org or pick up a brochure at any one of our 67 locations.
2013 Bookstore list of cataloged items and prices - PDF [256kb file]. You can also receive a catalog listing of items by calling (719) 384-2800.
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.