2016 and 2017 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.

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.

Carpenters building a milking stool.
Carpenters building a milking stool during the Frontier Skills Day


Frontier Skills Day - March 17, 2017
Pre-registered participants experience the work of a trader, trapper-hunter, blacksmith, carpenter, domestic or laborer. Park staff and volunteers provide instruction in 19th century work skills commonly performed at the fort in the 1840s. The training is designed for adults and a $20 fee is charged. Applications will be available on this site starting January 3.

trails and rails
Trails and Rails volunteers tell the story to Amtrak travellers.

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Trails and Rails Trips - May 7 - September 4, 2017 - 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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  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Teacher Workshop

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
    • Fees: $10
    Saturday, October 8, 2016

    Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is offering a Teacher Workshop on October 8th, 2016. This workshop will focus on integrating Bent’s Fort history into the Colorado state curriculum.

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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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