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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta

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  • It is indeed like a castle rising up from the vast plains in southeastern Colorado. As soon as you walk through the main gate of the fort, you are transported back in time to 1833 when Bents Fort firs...  more »
  • This is a great site to see on the Santa Fe Trail and what used to be the border between the US and Mexico. There's usually special presentations by staff who are dressed in 1800's styles.The 4th of J...  more »
  • My family lives just a small distance away in Manitou Springs, CO. This short trip was recommended bye several local historians. The location was very well set up with a video and self-guided tour tha...  more »
  • I first went to Bent's Old Fort when I was in the 4th grade on a school field trip. Have had the chance to go back a few more times as a kid and now as an adult. Great place to go visit and learn about the "Old West." A must see if in the area.
  • Great and significant site. Docents were friendly and knowledgeable. I had read about the fort in several books so it was nice to see, and MUCH larger than I expected. I thought it would be about an hour stop and it was closer to 3!! And the gift shop was literally cool-the AC was greatly appreciated in the middle of July!!!! 😰😉
  • Great place to visit and learn about Colorado history. The fort itself is pretty small but very interesting and you can take your time exploring.
  • Absolutely gorgeous restoration of an important historical place. The last Santa Fe Trail stop in the Louisiana Territory...across the Arkansas to the south was Mexico prior to 1847....the Bent family are a little-known group of pioneer men who had good relationships with the local Native Americans. Every early mountain man, pony soldier and explorer knew them, traded with them, and respected them....perhaps in time they will assume the place in popular history they deserve
  • My wife and I went there this last summer. Heading back to Denver, I suggested going the extra distance to the Fort. We were more than a little impressed with the Site. Recreated from actual blueprints or sketches from the era. This is the most well planned out fort or settlement I‘ve ever seen. every room and every turn was planned out to maximize the space. The period dressed staff were most helpful. The gift shop and staff were the best ever. I plan on taking my brother there this summer. It is more than worth the admission price. This is the kind of history and effort to preserve American history this country needs more of. The Santa fe trail is also something to see before its gone as well. Enjoy this county and it's past. If you are a history buff do NOT miss this attraction.