2017 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.

* Beginning 2017, the park will charge $5 per person, ages 6 and up, during major special events including the October 7-8 Fur Trade Encampment and the December 1-2 Traditional Holiday Celebration.

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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.
Cheyenne and traders conduct trade in the fort council room
Trade with the Cheyenne during a fur trade encampment.

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*Fur Trade Encampment - October 7-8, 2017
The trading post comes to life as we celebrate the trappers, traders and tribes associated with the fur trade in the Southwest during the 1830s and 1840s. Fifty or more living history volunteers demonstrate 19th century skills at the fort and in camps set up along the Arkansas River.
bonfire lights up fort plaza
Bonfire in the fort plaza during candle light tours.

Photo courtesy of Celia Dubin

*Traditional Holiday Celebration - December 1-2, 2017
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 for the candle light tours are required and can be made after November 1, 2017 by calling (719) 383-5026.


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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
    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 05/07/2017 to 09/04/2017

    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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