Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site Closed during Partial Government Shutdown


La Junta, CO – Due to the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent partial shutdown of the federal government, Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources.

Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Many park roads, lookouts, trails and open-air memorials will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

Please visit and select “Find a Park” for additional information about access to other parks and sites in this area. However, note that because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit

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