Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta

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  • I have read a lot of history including information on Sacajawea and Louis and Clark. This fort has been mentioned many times as places visited by historic figures so I went a bit out of the way to see...  more »
  • Bents Old Fort is truly a special place. We came late in the fall and crouds are non existent. The staff is great with kids. The self guilded tour is a lot of fun. Hope to return.  more »
  • A short drive out of La Junta will take you to a reconstructed fort. They charge a small fee to self tour the building. The parking lot has ample spaces and the walk from the lot to the fort is on a q...  more »
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  • 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!
  • This was a wonderful old fort to visit. It was an important trading post of the past. The walk was a short, flat trail, but they also provided shuttle service to and from the visitors center, if you couldn't walk the distance. A detailed brochure/map is provided to tell you what rooms you are entering and the purpose of each room. It was like stepping back into the past.
  • Highly recommend Bent's Fort. If you truly want to have an old west experience, of how life truly was in the 1800s ,along the Arkansas River which was then the border between the US and Mexico, the trading scene which was the focal point to meet in peace for White Americans, Mexicans, and local warring Indian Tribes to come together and trade then this is exactly for you.. walk around the fort, experience its glory and soak in the feeling of what life was like then... awesome!!!
  • Excellent historical park. Try to catch the Fur Trade Rendezvous where reenactors in period garb (and in character) help visitors understand the history of this frontier fort. Fort is on the (two-foot deep) Arkansas River, a river which formed the US- Mexico border at the time.

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