Bent's Old Fort
National Historic Site Colorado


2018 Schedule of Events
Note: Events are subject to change. Check this website or phone (719) 383-5010 for details and more information about these and other special events.

*The park wiil charge $5 per person, ages 6 and up, during major special events including the September 15 HIspanic Heritage Day, October 20 Native American Heritage Day and the December 7-8 Traditional Holiday Celebration. Standard fees are $3 for adults, $2 for 6 to 12 year olds and free for anyone under 6 years of age. Park passes are accepted.

Narrator with train rider on board the Southwest Chief
Trails and Rails Volunteer with train rider on Southwest Chief.


Trails and Rails Trips - May 12 - September 2, 2018
Volunteers narate excursions aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief departing La Junta, Colorado on Saturdays and Sundays for day trips to Las Vegas, New Mexico. Make travel arrangements through Amtrak. For more information call (719) 383-5024. (Trips are subject to cancellation due to late running trains.)
Food prepared in the horno oven are shared with the visitors
Historic food demonstrated to the visitors.

NPS Photo

HIspanic Heritage Day - September 15 2018
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.
Lakota meets with traders in council room
Lakota with traders in council room.

NPS Photo

Native American Heritage Day - October 20, 2018
The park celebrates the close relationship between the fort and the tribes of the Plains. Talks, videos, displays, and demonstrations will highlight the stories of the Plains Tribes. Workshops may include Native American skills such as beadwork and parfleche making (rawhide containers)
Fort plaza lit up by bonfire light
Fires light up the fort plaza and members of a cannon crew during the candlelight tours.

Photo courtesy of Tom Long

Tradrional Holiday Celebration - December 7-8, 2018
Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, cooking, foods, wagon rides, toy making, yule log hunt, and festivities will enliven the fort. Reservations are needed for the evening candlelight tours. Phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2018 for tour reservations.

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Last updated: October 30, 2018

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Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

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