Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site allowed traders to engage in trading with Native Americans and buffalo trappers during the 1830s and 1840s. The fort was destroyed in 1849 when cholera broke out among local Plains Indians. William Bent, the fort's founder, abandoned it. The National Park Service later deemed this area an important historical site. They reconstructed this majestic Pueblo-style fort with as much accuracy as possible based on written, drawn, and archeological evidence. The public has enjoyed visiting this piece of history since the 1960s.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is near both wilderness and cities, which means visitors have several RV parks to choose from. Several highways provide easy access to this location, and you'll never be far from civilization. Using an RV to visit allows you to skip hotels in favor of relaxing under the stars.

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Things to Do

Things To Do Near Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

To get to this historical site, you hike down a short trail leading to the fort. When you see the grand Pueblo-style architecture, you'll understand why the original fort was once called "The Castle of the Plains." You might enjoy going inside to watch a short documentary called "Traders, Tribes, and Travelers: The Story of Bent's Old Fort." The film provides context for the rich details you'll see around you. After watching the movie, ask an employee dressed in historical garb to give you a pamphlet for a self-guided tour.

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How To Get To Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

To get to Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site by car from La Junta, take U.S. Highway 50 to Highway 109 North. Go 1 mile until you hit Highway 194, where you'll head east for 6 miles and arrive at the fort. If you're coming from Las Animas, take U.S. Highway 60 to Highway 194 and go west for 13 miles. For users of GPS, you can set it to 35110 State Highway 194 E., La Junta, CO. Visitors from farther off can fly into airports in Pueblo or Colorado Springs before heading to the fort. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the summer. This National Historic Site also allows free visits for everyone on certain days of the year, which you can find on their website. Fee: Free (entry fee for children under 6 years of age) Fee: $5 (Major events fee for everyone over 6 years of age)

Address

35110 State Highway 194 E. La Junta, CO 81050

Fee: Entry Fee (Adult) $3 Entry fee for individuals 13 years and older.

Fee: Entry Fee (Youth) $2 Entry fee for children 6 to 12 years old.

Fee: Entry Fee (Children) There is no entry fee for children 5 years and younger.

Fee: Major Event Fee (For Individuals Over 6 Years) $5

Visiting Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is a treat. If you have a chance to see this rare reconstruction, you should. It shares information on the traders and the Native Americans with whom they traded. Though the 1800s can seem like the distant past, the labor of those who lived and worked at the fort still matters. Some people wouldn't even be alive today had their ancestors been unable to replenish supplies here! To get the most out of your trip to Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, make the journey in an RV. Traveling in an RV brings all the comforts of home into your mode of transportation for utmost comfort.