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Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site was an important fur trading post for plains Indians and trappers, and offered hotel rooms, food, and services. The fort was a hub for news and a community gathering place. Originally built in 1833-34 by brothers Charles and William Bent, and Ceran St. Vrain, the adobe fort is now reconstructed and visiting is a fun and fascinating educational experience. Living history presentations feature costumed-interpreters demonstrating how work was done in the kitchen, trade room, and blacksmith shop. Take the easy 1.5-mile Bent’s Old Fort Hiking Trail which loops along the Arkansas River with interpretive signage and the chance to observe spiny softshell turtles, desert cottontail, great horned owls and black-tailed prairie dogs. Don’t miss special events such as Frontier Skills Day, Kid’s Quarters with hands on activities, or immerse yourself on a Fur Trade Encampment, a 5 day, 3 night living history event. There is an entrance fee or use your America the Beautiful Pass. There is a small extra charge for elaborately-planned special event days.
35110 State Highway 194
La Junta, CO
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