Bent's Old Fort
National Historic Site Colorado


2020 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Fur Trade Encampment*

October 23-25, 2020

Although better known for its role in the buffalo robe trade, Bent, St. Vrain, & Co. were also heavily involved in the trade for beaver pelts, especially earlier in the fort’s history. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the beaver trade. Interact with trappers, in addition to the regular fort residents. For more information, call (719) 383-5023.

Traditional Holiday Celebration*

December 4-5, 2020

Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. Reservations are required for the evening candlelight tours, phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2020.

*In order to defray costs, the park will charge $5 per person, ages 6 and up, during major special events. In 2020 those dates are: Santa Fe Trail Encampment, June 5-7; Old-Fashioned 4th, July 3-4; Fur Trade Encampment, October 23-24; and Traditional Holiday Celebration, December 4-5.


Jump to date

By Park

By State/Territory

By Event Type

  • Show
  • Hide
Loading Events...

Last updated: July 7, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050


(719) 383-5010

Contact Us