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Kids in fort council room learning the use of Cheyenne sign language.
The fort council room was the place where the Cheyenne Indians brought their buffalo robes for trade.  The trader uses Cheyenne sign language with visiting students. 

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Guided Tour Reservation Information

The park is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM guided tour times September through May and 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM with 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM tour times June through August. A short demonstration is included with the tour. Western National Parks Association's Bookstore offers videos, maps, and books for sale about the fort and the Santa Fe Trail. Plan on your visit lasting at least 2 hours. Call (719) 383-5026 for reservations.

In recognition of The Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site will not collect Living History fees during the 2016 Calendar year, but donations to support the Living History Program will be greatly appreciated. As a result of being a "Fee Free " park in 2016, Bent's Old Fort NHS will not have any of the Interagency Passes available to the public for the duration of the No Fee Period. These passes may be obtained at other fee collecting parks, the Comanche National Grasslands Office in La Junta or at various offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. National Park Service.

Every Kid In A Park

The Every Kid In A Park 4th grade pass will be honored at Bent's Old Fort NHS in 2017. Entrance fees are waived for the remainder of 2016. Check out for more details.

Travel Grants

Travel grants for low income and under-served schools will be offered for the 2016-17 school year. You may request up to $500 to reimburse travel expenses for your school. First preference goes to schools which include 4th grade classes. Read through the application to apply and for more information.


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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