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. 

Volunteers narrate excursions aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief

Narration provided on theSouthwest Chief

Volunteers narrate excursions aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief departing La Junta, CO for overnight trips to Albuquerque, MN.

Mexican laborers watch as the children try to break the pinata

Hispanic Heritage Day

Mexican laborers were herders, wranglers, adobe repairers, gardeners, teamsters, cooks and horse guards for the Bent and St.Vrain Company

Wagon rides are only a part of the activities during the Holiday Celebration

Traditional Holiday Celebration

The fort comes alive with period holiday activities including candle light tours, wagon rides, toy making, taffy pull, and games.

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010
Contact is made with the park's administration with selections available for all other departments from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

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