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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Contact Info
35110 Highway 194 East
La Junta, CO 81050

A few miles east of La Junta in southeastern Colorado
National Park
4,000 feet feet


Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstruction of a trading post from the early 1800s, one of the few white outposts along the Santa Fe Trail. Visitors can take a guided tour of the fort, reconstructed from photos and diaries, or explore on their own. During summer months, "living history" performers recreate life at the old fort. Authentic livestock such as oxen, chickens, and Spanish Barb horses round out the historic atmosphere.

Hours + Fees

June 1 - August 31: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sep 1 - May 31: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open year-round

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Bent's Old Fort is located in southeastern Colorado along US 50. From La Junta, take Highway 109 north one mile, then Highway 194 east six miles. From Las Animas, take Highway 194 west 13 miles.
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