Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta

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  • Bent's Fort is a wonderful classroom of frontier history. The workers dress in historically accurate clothing as they work in the fort. When we were there it rained and the fort temporarily flooded an...  more »
  • This little known historical site gives a depth of understanding to the American frontier and the lives of our Western pioneers. It is a detailed re-creation on the original site of an 1820's frontier...  more »
  • One of my favorite places to visit when in the area. So beautiful and historically accurate. Several western movies have been shot here.  more »
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  • A real life example of the 1800s, I saw an almost perfect historically correct trappers fort of the time. Actors were cordial and informative. There are farm animals to see. The well stocked store provides ample stocks for every interest. And prices are fair. A real treat for young and old.
  • A beautifully restored 1840s adobe fort on the original Santa Fe Trail. Most of the rooms are filled with period pieces appropriate for it's historical use. Lots of displays to detail the history of this important landmark. Plus period costume interpreters that further explain life at the fort.
  • My British in-laws wanted to see the "old west" while coming to visit America and this was the first stop on a 4-day road trip and was probably the best. It's accurate portrayal and inside look at everything settlers, cowboys and natives endured in the 1800s was incredible.
  • I really liked this place. I went on a Monday in December, so there was only a handful of other people there. The park staff were wearing the clothing of the period. That helped in making the atmosphere perfect to really let my mind wander back to what life must have been like here in the mid-1800's. If I lived closer, I would probably visit frequently just to soak in the peace and tranquility of the site. A surprising bonus was the different animals that live there. I really enjoyed the chickens walking around loose and the cats that greet you when you arrive. In my case, one of the cats sat with me through the 18 minute video about the history of the fort and accompanied me during most of my tour. She/he can be seen in the 360 picture taken in the trading room. This historic site is out of the way and there's not much else to see in the area, but I would still recommend making the trip if you live within two hours of the site or are passing through the area. If you are interested in the old west and the pioneer spirit, this is the place for you.
  • What an incredible experience! From the authentic staff, to all of the period correct materials and decor, you get a wonderful view into the past and you can really imagine what life would be like. Fantastic for any age and expect to spend a few hours in awe! Visit the great gift shop for the ability to purchase some very cool stuff too!
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