Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta
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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is located in La Junta. To visit Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site on your trip to La Junta, use our La Junta trip builder.
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I've lived in Colorado full time since 1995 and even went to school in Pueblo and never got out to Bent's Fort! Well, finally, I forced my family to make the drive with me from Colorado Springs and we... read more »
Bents Old Fort is a reconstructed 1840’s historic fur trading post. It is located somewhat out of the way, being about an hour and half drive east of Pueblo but very worthwhile; a nice, family oriente... read more »
Kids and adults will enjoy this quick, free, historical trip. The Fort has been painstakingly recreated to it's original state. The history here is well more than what I expected. A must see and worth... read more »
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.
My 17 year old daughter liked the authenticity, my 15 year old daughter enjoyed the animals, my 13 year old son liked that they allowed pets, we have 2 well behaved dogs that enjoyed the walk, my 11 year old daughter felt like she could almost see the people from the 1800's walking around. The fort is wonderfully reconstructed and well worth the trip.
This is quite the hidden gem... Bent's Old Fort is an imposing adobe structure on the Arkansas River's flood plain. The term fort is something of a misnomer, since this compound used to be a fortified trading post, rather than Cavalry Fort in the traditional sense. What you see today is actually a from-the-ground-up reconstruction, since the original Fort was destroyed by fire in 1852. It was reconstructed brick by brick during the 1960's, based on meticulous plans and measurements drawn up by one of its erstwhile inhabitants. These days it's a fully functional historical center, where one may step back into the 19th Century and get a glimpse of life on the frontier.
More than meets the eye! Great authentic exhibits and lots of fun for the imagination. Definitely worth the visit if you are passing through the area.
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