Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta

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Bent's Old Fort is an 1833 fort located in Otero County in southeastern Colorado, United States. A company owned by Charles Bent and William Bent and Ceran St. Vrain built the fort to trade with Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Plains Indians and trappers for buffalo robes. For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major white American permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. It was destroyed in 1849.

The area of the fort was designated a National Historic Site under the National Park Service on June 3, 1960. It was further designated a National Historic Landmark later that year on December 19, 1960.

The fort was reconstructed and is open to the public.
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  • Well, the Bent brothers were socially and politically ahead of their time. What a story we learned. I took kids 6 to 14 and each one of them had a different take-a-way from all they learned. I didn't....  more »
  • What a super place! We drove the 3 hours down from Parker, Colorado for a day trip here. We have two teenage daughters who disappeared to explore the fort as soon as we entered. It's a few minutes....  more »
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  • I really enjoyed it even though it's 99% re-creation. It's said to be built on the original site. When you stand at the top of the fort & look out, you can understand the relief of travelers at finding this oasis so far from home. The staff seem to be knowledgeable & are very patient with questions they must hear daily. The gift/book shop has a variety of interesting things. A very enjoyable/educational day.
  • I'm an old west history buff and Bents Old Fort exceeded my expectations. Even though it was rebuilt in the 1970s, they had exact specifications for the 1830s fort and built it with authenticity. The staff was excellent. We had space to park our travel trailer, with easy in and out from a good road. Our husky dog was able to go everywhere except the rooms with furniture, but there were numerous benches in the shade inside the fort to sit. I am SO glad we made the effort to go see this gem!

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