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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  • If one appreciates history well told, then this is the place for you. Kids will love it. Unlike many other venues such as this, one may walk directly into the rooms. This includes the blacksmith... 
    If one appreciates history well told, then this is the place for you. Kids will love it. Unlike many other venues such as this, one may walk directly into the rooms. This includes the blacksmith...  more »
  • One of the very best park sites we have ever visited. Definitely off the beaten path (several miles northeast of La Junta, off US50), but well worth the visit. At the parking lot, there are restrooms....  more
    One of the very best park sites we have ever visited. Definitely off the beaten path (several miles northeast of La Junta, off US50), but well worth the visit. At the parking lot, there are restrooms....  more »
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  • I chaperoned a third and fourth grade field trip to this wonderful place. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was very neat to see how well they had recreated life back in the 1800s. We were very happy to see that the recent fire hadn't damaged too much of the grounds. It was a neat perspective to see all the things that have been obscured by reeds in the past.
  • Well done, off the beaten path destination.

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