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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 2018

Santa Fe Trail Encampment

June 8 - June 10
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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The Park's main living history event for the year will feature historic interpretations of Santa Fe Fe Trail traders, travelers, U.S. Army soldiers and Plains Indians. Experience the hey-day of the trail through ongoing demonstration. Camps, set up near the fort, will be open for touring. Sunday, June 10 will feature a Santa Fe Trail wagon caravan. For more information, call (719) 383-5023.

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July 2018

Old-Fashioned Fourth

July 4
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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Kid’s Quarters

July 7 @ 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 trader, trapper, carpenter, blacksmith, laborer, trail traveler or cook. Pre-registration is required. Call (719)383-5026 for an applicaiton or print one off from the park website starting May 2, 2018.

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September 2018

Hispanic Heritage Day

September 15
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

One 19th-century visitor remarked that, "Spanish is the prevailing language spoken at the fort..." Come visit as the rich and colorful history of Mexico's frontier comes alive with period adobe work, music and dance, trading, cooking, storytelling, livestock use demonstrations and other special programs.

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October 2018

Native American Heritage Day

October 20
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy 194
La Junta, CO 81050 United States
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$5

The park celebrates the close relationship between the fort and the tribes of the Plains. Talks, videos, displays, and demonstrations will highlight the stories of the Plains Tribes. Workshops may include Native American skills such as beadwork and parflechemaking (rawhide containers).

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December 2018

Traditional Holiday Celebration

December 7 - December 8
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, cooking, foods, wagon rides, toy making, yule log hunt, and festivities will enliven the fort. Reservations are needed for the evening candlelight tours. Phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2018 for tour reservations.

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