Things To Do

A paved path leads to an adobe fort with a tipi frame in front.
Walk along the Santa Fe Trail to the Fort.

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Walk into History

A 1/4 mile (1,275 feet) walk down the route of the Santa Fe Trail is required to bring you to the gate of the fort. Inside you can view the 20 minute documentary film, "Traders, Tribes and Travelers". Self-guided tours and the film are available throughout the year. Visitors with accessibility needs or mobility limitations are advised to contact the park before their visit.
Trade Room showing trade goods that would have been available in the 1840's
Trade Room with trade goods that would have been available in the 1840's


Self-Guided Tour

Take a self-guided tour of the fort and discover the role the fort played in opening the west. A self-guided tour booklet is available when you arrive. Park Rangers are available to answer any questions.
Interpreter, dressed in period clothing, presenting guided tour for visitors
A Park Ranger dressed in period clothing leads a group tour of the fort.


Ranger Programs

Guided tours are offered daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on staffing levels.

Join a Park Ranger to learn more about the people and activities at Bent's Old Fort in the 1840's. Groups need reservations 719-383-5026. Ranger Programs are not available during special events.

WNPA Bookstore in fort
Extend your experience in the park store.

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Park Store

The park store located at the rear of the fort provides a collection of items relating to the history of the fort. Adult and children books about western frontier, nature, and local history are available. Trades goods of the period, games, puzzles, videos and music CDs, and children books round out the offerings. Some items are definitely unique and usually hard to find. Call 719-384-2800 for assistance.

Walking the Santa Fe Trail during a special event
Walking the Santa Fe Trail during a special event


Special Events

The Calendar lists the Special Events at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site each year.

Map of the trails along the Arkansas River
Hiking trail


Bent's Old Fort Hiking Trail

Visitors can hike a mile and a half trail that winds its way through the cottonwood trees alongside the Arkansas River. The marsh is home to several species of birds. Interpretive exhibit signs tell the story of the river ecosystem, Santa Fe Trail and Bent's Fort. Contact the park for a bird list.

Last updated: October 11, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

35110 State Highway 194
La Junta, CO 81050


719 383-5010

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