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2016 Schedule of Events
Note: Events are subject to change. Check this website or phone (719) 383-5026 for details and more information about these and other special events.

 
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Trails and Rails volunteers tell the story to Amtrak travellers.

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Trails and Rails Trips - May 8 - September 5, 2016 - Narrated excursions aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief depart La Junta, Colorado on Sundays and Fridays for overnight trips to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ride the train as it follows the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail up and over Raton Pass. Interpreters will tell the stories of the people, plants and animals that are found along the way. Train tickets must be purchased through AMTRAK. For information about this narrated tour which is part of the National Park Service's Trails & Rail Program, call (719) 383-5024.
 
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Kid's Quarters event.

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Kid's Quarters - July 9, 2016
Children ages 7 to 11, get to "step back in time" and experience the life of a trader, trapper, carpenter, blacksmith, soldier laborer or cook from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Pre-registration has been received and the roster is full. Visitors can observe the activities.

 
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Students busy at work on the immersion replica of Bent's Old Fort.

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Grand Opening of Immersive Fort - August 25, 2016
As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday, and 40 years after the opening of the reconstructed Bent's Old Fort, the park will unveil an on-line immersive replica of the fort allowing students around the world to make virtual visits.

 
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The broom dance during a fandango.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Trujillo.

Hispanic Heritage Day - September 17, 2016
One 19th century visitor remarked that, "Spanish is the prevailing language spoken at the fort..." Come visit as the rich and colorful history of Mexico's frontier comes alive with period adobe work, music and dance, trading, cooking, storytelling, livestock use demonstrations and other special programs.

 
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Wagon rides during the Holiday Celebration.

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Traditional Holiday Celebration - December 2-3, 2016
Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. On Saturday there will be toy making in the shops, wagon rides, pinata breaks, yule log hunt, period games, frontier cooking, and blacksmithing. Reservations needed for the evening candlelight tours. Phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2016.

 

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  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Trails and Rails Trips

    • Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Amtrak Train La Junta, CO to Albuqueque, NM
    • Fees: AMTRAK Train Ticket
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 05/08/2016 to 09/04/2016

    Narrated excursions aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief from La Junta, Colorado to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Fridays and Sundays May 8 to September 5, 2016.

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Mailing Address:

35110 Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050

Phone:

(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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