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 Day.
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. Fees are accepted by credit card only. During special events, such as the June Santa Fe Trail Encampment, September Hispanic Heritage Day, October Native American Heritage Day and the December Traditional Holiday Celebration, the fee is $5.00 per person. The park issues the America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass, Annual and Lifetime Senior Passes, Military Pass, Access Pass, and 4th Grade Every Kid Outdoors Annual Pass. America the Beautiful Interagency passes cannot be used in lieu of the living history fee or special event fee.
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.
Activities with pets are limited at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. Pets are permitted on the trail and must be leashed at all times, kept close at hand and away from fort livestock. Pets are not allowed inside the fort.
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.