Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta

Castle of the Plains

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade.

Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events.
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  • It’s a must see on your visit. It was fun going through all the different rooms seeing all the artifacts what history this place has. Definitely painstakingly researched to keep this place as authenti...  more »
  • This beautiful maintained historic site is a must see especially for history buffs. After visiting this Spring with USA Tours, Rolla MO we were watching the movie centennial and lo and behold we again...  more »
  • 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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