Castle of the Plains

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade.  Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events. 

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Video provides background history of Bents' Old Fort.

A teamster tells visitors about the wagons and their load of  buffalo robes.

Fur Trade Encampment

The trading post and camps come alive with trade, trapping and camp life.

Visitors gather in the fort plaza for the start of the pinata breaking

Traditional Holiday Celebrataion

The Traditional Holiday Celebration is a great time to experience the holidays as they were celebrated in the 1840s

Trails and Rails volunteers wait to board the Southwest Chief train

The Southwest Chief Narrated Trip

Trails and Rails volunteers provide narration aboard the Southwest Chief from La Junta, Colorado to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The fort plaza where work could be done

Trade Starts With A Secure Adobe Fort

The fort was like a merchant ship on the ocean. Valuable furs and goods could attract piracy. Battlements give the company staying power.

Last updated: November 1, 2017

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Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

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