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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Description:Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840's adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and Plains Indian 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.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:35110 Hwy.194 East
Address 2:
City:La Junta
State/Province:CO
Zip Code:81050
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:8:00 Am to 5:30 PM June through August
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM September through May.

No reservations are necessary for guided tours in the summer. Summer tours start at 9:30, 11:00 AM, and 1:00, 2:30 PM. Winter tours (September through May) start at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Winter group tours can be reserved by calling (719) 383-5026.
Admission:$3.00 for adults, $2.00 for childREN 6 to 12 years of age, children under 6 years of age free.
Telephone:(719) 383-5010
Website:www.nps.gov/beol
R E V I E W S
Tricia Roush, Co-op Member
We went camping nearby, and then spent a couple of hours at the fort.

The fort has been rebuilt thanks to someone's diary. It has cannons, and the old rooms. They have period area furniture and clothing. There is also a room to watch a video on the history of the fort, which is very interesting.

Be prepared to walk, as it is about 1/2 mile from the parking lot to the fort (and the restrooms are up by the parking lot). Also, the upstairs of the fort is not handicapped accessible, so keep that in mind. There is no railing around some of the upstairs roof that you walk on, so that can be a little heart-racing if you have young ones running around.

I wouldn't go here just for the day, but if you were traveling through this area, it's worth a stop. My children enjoyed it, and learned a bunch about Colorado and Santa Fe trail history.
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