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.

Tour guide speaking to a tour group

Self-guided Tours Available

Take a self-guided tour of the fort & discover the role the fort played in opening the west. Interpreters in period clothing are available.

Interpreter gives accounts of the 1840s Santa Fe Trail

Historical Representations of the Past

Bent's Fort and the Santa Fe Trail figure predominately in the Western Expansion of the United States.

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.

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Last updated: November 20, 2020

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Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

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