Basic Information

35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050

The park is accessed via U.S. Highway 50 and Highway 194. From La Junta, Colorado on U.S. Highway 50, take Highway 109 north 1 mile to Highway 194, then east on Highway 194 six miles to the fort. From Las Animas, Colorado, on U.S. Highway 50, take Highway 194 west 13 miles. Set your GPS to 35110 State Highway 194 E., La Junta, CO.

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site Summer Hours

The park is open year around with hours of 8:00 am to 5:30 pm June through August and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm September through May. The park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

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Additional Information

Summer temperatures are sometimes in the high 90s. Weather is generally fair in the fall and spring. Winter temperatures can be below freezing in the winter. Most of the fort is unheated and does not have modern cooling and so dress accordingly.

Entrance Fees:

Bent's Old Fort Living History Fee - $3.00

The fee allows visitors to experience the fort and its rooms and meet and visit with period clothed interpreters. It is charge on a per person basis. Payment allows the holder to visit the site for one week from date of purchase.

Bent's Fort

Visitors park at the parking lot and walk the 1/4 mile trail to the fort where you will be met by a period clothed interpreter. Brochures and a documentary film are available in one of the fort rooms. Western National Parks bookstore is located at the left rear corner of the fort.

 

Operating Hours
The park is open year around with hours of 8:00 am to 5:30 pm June through August and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm September through May. The park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

Fees and Passes
The park charges a living history fee of $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for 6 to 12 year olds and under 6 years of age are free. During the special events including the June 9-11 Living History Encampment, October 7-8 Fur Trade Encampment and the December 1-2 Traditional Holiday Celebration the fee is $5.00 per person. Interagency passes such as the Federal Senior Pass, Kids in a Park pass, Access Pass, Military Pass and the National Parks Annual Pass, cover the cost for the pass holder and 3 others.

Weather
Summer temperatures are sometimes in the high 90s. Weather is generally fair in the fall and spring. Winter temperatures can be below freezing in the winter. Most of the fort is unheated and does not have modern cooling and so dress accordingly.

Pets
Pets are allowed on the trail, fort plaza and in the fee and audio-visual rooms. Pets must be on a leash during the entire visit and kept close at hand and away from fort livestock.

Special Events and Living History Opportunities
Special events are a great time to visit. Click here for the calendar of events.

Publications
Click here for brochures and event applications with information about the site's special events and workshops, resources, reconstruction, wildlife and guide book.

Western National Parks Association Bookstore
The WNPA Bookstore is located at the rear of the fort and is a great place to shop for books, maps and videos that provide further information about Bent's Fort, Santa Fe Trail and fur trade history. Trades representative of the fort's history are also on sale. Sales of items help fund the living history programs. Click here for a catalog of items.







Last updated: July 3, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050

Phone:

(719) 383-5010

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