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.
Castle of the Plains
- 5 minutes, 27 seconds
Video provides background history of Bents' Old Fort.
Living History Encampment June 7-11
This total immersion course in living history will make you feel you are actually here in 1846!
July 8 Kid's Quarters Event
Kids 7-11 year-old can register starting May 1st to work in a role during the July 8th Kid's Quarters event
The Southwest Chief Narrated Trip
Trails and Rails volunteers provide narration aboard the Southwest Chief from La Junta, Colorado to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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.