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
Celebrate the Holidays 1840s Style
One of the ways to celebrate the holidays is with a Yule Log hunt. After the log is found it is placed in the fire.
Hands-on Frontier Skills Day
You can pre-register in January for the hands-on Frontier Skills Day. You can apply for trader, trapper, craftsman, laborer, or domestic.
The Southwest Chief Narrated Trip
Trails and Rails volunteers provide narration aboard the Southwest Chief from La Junta, Colorado to Albuquerque, 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.