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 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.

Man packing horse
Participant helps pack a horse during the Frontier Skills Day

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Frontier Skills Day - March 17, 2018
Adults are invited to take on a fur trade era role for the day. Be a hunter/trapper, carpenter, blacksmith, trader, domestic, or laborer. Living history interpreters teach historically accurate work skills. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Mail-in application for the event will be available on this page January 8, 2018. Roles are not gender specific and the wearing of historical period clothing is not necessary. Call 719-383-5023 for information.
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.)
Wagon being demonstrated on the Santa Fe Trail
Wagon and oxen being demonstrated during a Santa Fe Trail Encampment.

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Santa Fe Trail Encampment - June 8 - 9, 2018
The Park's main living history event for the year will feature historic interpretations of Santa Fe Fe Trail traders, travelers, U.S. Army soldiers and Plains Indians. Experience the hey-day of the trail through ongoing demonstration. Camps, set up near the fort, will be open for touring. Sunday, June 10 will feature a Santa Fe Trail wagon caravan. For more information, call (719) 383-5023.
visitors join in the parade to the fort
Old-Fashioned Fourth - July 4, 2018
Enjoy an afternoon of patriotic festivities including cannon firings, orations, games, and refreshments as the post celebrates Independence Day in 1840s-style.
Kids are packing a mule as part of Kid's Quarters
Kid's Quarters - July 7, 2018
Children ages 7 to 11 get to "step back in time" and experience the life of a employee, customer, or visitor. Pre-registertration is requires. Call (719)383-5026 for an applicaiton or print one off from the park website starting May 2 2018.

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Sorry, but there are no events between 12/13/2017 and 01/12/2018

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Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

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