The park is open year around with hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm September through May and 8:00 am to 5:30 pm June through August. 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 8-9 Santa Fe Trail Encampment, September 15 Hispanic Heritage Day, October 20 Native American Heritage Day and the December 7-8 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.
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 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.
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.