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. 

Ladies work in the fort kitchen performing frontier open hearth cooking

Frontier Skills Day March 18

You can try your hand at cooking, blacksmithing, carpentry, trapping, soldiering, trading, adobe work the early 19th century way.

Engineers performing survey work

June 7-11 Living History Encampment

You can pre-register for the June 7-11 Living History Encampment. Its 5 days and 3 nights with period role play and work.

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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