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South Central Colorado Sights

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

  • 35110 Hwy. 194 Map It
  • La Junta

Updated 10/01/2013

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About 8 miles east of La Junta, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site painstaking re-creates what life was like in this adobe fort. Founded in 1833 by trader William Bent, the fort anchored the commercially vital Santa Fe Trail, providing both protection and a meeting place for the soldiers, trappers, and traders of the era. The museum's interior reveals daily life at a trading post, providing looks at a smithy, barracks, and more. Guided tours are offered daily during the summer.

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35110 Hwy. 194, La Junta, Colorado, 81050, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $3
  • June–Aug., daily 8–5:30; Sept.–May, daily 9–4

Updated 10/01/2013


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