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. 

Visitors helping to put the yule log on the fire

Celebrate the Holidays 1840s Style

One of the ways to celebrate the holidays is with a Yule Log hunt. After the log is found it is placed in the fire.

Participant packing a horse during Frontier Skills Day.

Hands-on Frontier Skills Day

You can pre-register in January for the hands-on Frontier Skills Day. You can apply for trader, trapper, craftsman, laborer, or domestic.

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.

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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