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.
Castle of the Plains
Narration provided on theSouthwest Chief
Volunteers narrate excursions aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief departing La Junta, CO for overnight trips to Albuquerque, MN.
Hispanic Heritage Day
Mexican laborers were herders, wranglers, adobe repairers, gardeners, teamsters, cooks and horse guards for the Bent and St.Vrain Company
Traditional Holiday Celebration
The fort comes alive with period holiday activities including candle light tours, wagon rides, toy making, taffy pull, and games.
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.