Bent's Old Fort is a national historic site where you'll enter a living museum and you'l be guided through a trading outpost once frequented by Kit Carson! Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the past.
Walk into history, as you walk the route of the Santa Fe Trail which will bring you to the gate of the fort. Inside you'll get to watch a 20 minute documentary film and self-guided tours are available here throughout the year.
Take a tour through the fort and discover the role that the fort played in opening the west. Make sure to pick up a tour booklet when you arrive! But don't worry, park rangers are available to answer any questions you may have too.
Guided tours are offered daily throughout the year and ou'll get to learn more about the people and activities at the fort in the 1840s.
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 along the way too! Finish your visit by popping into the store to grab a momento and gift for someone special.
The park is accessed via U.S. Highway 50 and Highway 194. From La Junta, Colorado on U.S. Highway 50, take Highway 109 north 1 mile to Highway 194, then east on Highway 194 six miles to the fort. From Las Animas, Colorado, on U.S. Highway 50, take Highway 194 west 13 miles. Set your GPS to 35110 State Highway 194 E., La Junta, CO.Get directions
The park store located at the rear of the fort provides a collection of items relating to the history of the fort.
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is an accurately reconstructed fur trading post that can present challenges for visitors with special needs.