Pets are welcome at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. To make sure that everyone at the national park has a great experience, it is important to follow the rules with your pup.

  • Always keep your pet on a leash. For the safety and comfort of all the park’s visitors, dogs must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Bag your pet’s waste. Help keep your national park clean by collecting and disposing of all dog waste. Public garbage cans are located throughout the site.
  • Respect wildlife. Pets can harass or harm wildlife by making noise or scaring wildlife away. Please keep your dog at a respectful distance from any animals you may encounter, including all livestock.
  • Take a walk. Leashed pets are allowed on the paved walk to the fort and on the trail system.
  • Pets are limited to the plaza inside the Fort. Pets may be in the plaza only and are not permitted in any rooms or the second level.

Additionally, pets should not be left unattended. Summer heat poses a threat to pets left in vehicles.

Service animals are permitted everywhere that visitors can go.

Last updated: July 20, 2023

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