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
Self-guided and Guided Tours Available
Guided tours are available at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm daily to May 31. Groups should reserve a tour by calling 719-383-5026.
Historical Representations of the Past
Bent's Fort and the Santa Fe Trail figure predominately in the Western Expansion of the United States.
The Southwest Chief Narrated Trip
Trails and Rails volunteers provide narration aboard the Southwest Chief from La Junta, Colorado to Las Vegas, New Mexico.
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: April 16, 2018