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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. 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.

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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. Click here for more information or call (719) 383-5023.
 
visitors join in the parade to the fort
Visitors join in with the 4th of July parade from the parking lot to the fort.

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Old-Fashioned Fourth - July 4, 2018
Enjoy an afternoon of patriotic festivities including a visitor included parade, 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
Trapper teaches the kids how to pack a horse.

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Kid's Quarters - July 7, 2018
Children ages 7 to 11 get to "step back in time" and experience the life of a trader, trapper, carpenter, blacksmith, laborer, trail traveler or cook. Pre-registration is required. Call (719)383-5026 for an applicaiton or click here for the page.
 
Food prepared in the horno oven are shared with the visitors
Historic food demonstrated to the visitors.

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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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  • 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
    Saturday, May 26, 2018

    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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  • 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
    Sunday, May 27, 2018

    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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  • 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
    Saturday, June 2, 2018

    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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  • 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
    Sunday, June 3, 2018

    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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  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Santa Fe Trail Encampment

    • Location: Bent's Old Fort National Historic
    • Fees: $5 for adults, Kids under 6 free
    Friday, June 8, 2018

    Santa Fe Trail of the 1840s encampment with period talks, demonstrations and programs.

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  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Santa Fe Trail Encampment

    • Location: Bent's Old Fort National Historic
    • Fees: $5 for adults, Kids under 6 free
    Saturday, June 9, 2018

    Santa Fe Trail of the 1840s encampment with period talks, demonstrations and programs.

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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
    Saturday, June 9, 2018

    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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  • 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
    Sunday, June 10, 2018

    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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  • 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
    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    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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  • 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
    Sunday, June 17, 2018

    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 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050

Phone:

(719) 383-5010

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