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Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

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35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
719-383-5010 https://www.nps.gov/beol/index.htm
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers and the Cheyenne and Arapaho 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. Standard fees are $3 for adults, $2 for 6 to 12 year olds and free for anyone under 6 years of age. Park passes are accepted. *The park will charge $5 per person, ages 6 and up, during major special events.

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June 2019

Living History Encampment

June 7 - June 8
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

The park’s main living history event for the year will feature historic interpretations of Santa Fe Trail traders, U.S. Army soldiers and Plains Indians. Experience the hey-day of the trail through ongoing demonstrations. Camps, set up near the fort, will be open for touring. For more information, call (719) 383-5023.

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Kid’s Camp

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care will host a kids camp on Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Bent's Old Fort. The free day camp is open to children ages 6-12 who are experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. Children can connect with others experiencing the same feelings and find ways to cope while experiencing life at Bent's Old Fort. Camp packets may be picked up at our Hospice office located at…

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July 2019

Old-Fashioned Fourth

July 4
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of July, repeating until July 4, 2028

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

Enjoy an afternoon of patriotic festivities including a visitor included parade, cannon firings, orations, games, and refreshments as the post celebrates Independence Day in 1840s-style.

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Kids’ Quarters

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

Children, ages 7 to 11, get to “step back in time” and experience the life of a fort employee, customer, or visitor. Pre-registration is required. Call (719) 383-5026 for an application or print one off from the park website starting May 1, 2019.

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August 2019

Military Encampment

August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

Though a private trading post, the fort hosted several military expeditions and served as a supply depot during the War with Mexico. Soldiers and their camps highlight this living history event.

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December 2019

Traditional Holiday Celebration

December 6 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 7, 2019

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. Reservations needed for the evening candlelight tours, phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2019.

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Traditional Holiday Celebration

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 7, 2019

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. Reservations needed for the evening candlelight tours, phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2019.

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July 2020

Old-Fashioned Fourth

July 4, 2020
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of July, repeating until July 4, 2028

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

Enjoy an afternoon of patriotic festivities including a visitor included parade, cannon firings, orations, games, and refreshments as the post celebrates Independence Day in 1840s-style.

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