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.

Indian Trade Room with trade goods that would have been available in the 1840's

Self-Guided Tour of the Fort

Tour the rooms in the fort year-round using the Self-Guided Tour booklet.

Interpreter at reconstructed Fort presenting guided tour for visitors

Guided Tours with an Interpreter

Join a guided tour and step back in time to discover what life was like at the trading post in the 1840's.

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: October 1, 2021

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Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194
La Junta , CO 81050


719 383-5010

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