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Traditional Holiday Celebration

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

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.

$5

Native American Heritage Day

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

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).

$5

Hispanic Heritage Day

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

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.

$5

Kid’s Quarters

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

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.

$5

Old-Fashioned Fourth

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

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.

$5

Santa Fe Trail Encampment

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

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 […]

Frontier Skills Day

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

Adults are invited to take on a fur trade era role for the day. Be a hunter/trapper, carpenter, blacksmith, trader, domestic, or laborer. Living history interpreters teach historically accurate work skills. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Roles are not gender specific and the wearing of historical period clothing is not necessary. Click here […]

$20

Bent’s Old Fort Traditional Holiday Celebration

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

Traditional Holiday Celebration - December 1-2, 2017 Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. On Saturday there will be toy making in the shops, wagon rides, pinata breaks, yule log hunt, period games, frontier cooking, and blacksmithing. Reservations for […]

Recurring Event Fur Trade Encampment

Fur Trade Encampment

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

Fur Trade Encampment - October 7-8, 2017 The trading post comes to life as we celebrate the trappers, traders and tribes associated with the fur trade in the Southwest during the 1830s and 1840s. Fifty or more living history volunteers demonstrate 19th century skills at the fort and in camps set up along the Arkansas […]

Recurring Event Fur Trade Encampment

Fur Trade Encampment

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 Hwy 194, La Junta, CO

Fur Trade Encampment - October 7-8, 2017 The trading post comes to life as we celebrate the trappers, traders and tribes associated with the fur trade in the Southwest during the 1830s and 1840s. Fifty or more living history volunteers demonstrate 19th century skills at the fort and in camps set up along the Arkansas […]