Experience Bent’s Old Fort after Dark!



The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for visitors to “step back in time” and glimpse the sights, sounds, and smells of life as it might have been at Bent’s Old Fort on the Santa Fe Trail as part of our Holiday Event on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.

During the day there will be a variety of activities for all ages including Wagon Rides, a Historic Weapons Demonstration, Piñata, Toy Making, and a Hunt for the Yule Log! In the evening is when you have the opportunity for a truly unique experience by reserving a spot on one of our guided candlelight tours of the fort. After the tours enjoy refreshments while caroling around a bonfire!

Reservations are required for the candlelight tours; however please note they are filling up fast. Tours begin on Friday at 6:30pm and start every fifteen minutes afterwards, with the final tour starting at 8:15pm. On Saturday, evening Tours begin at 5:30pm, with new tours starting every fifteen minutes afterwards. The final tour on Saturday begins at 8:15pm. Reservations can be made by calling (719)-383-5026.

Come learn about how people from different cultures celebrated the Holidays at a remote outpost on the frontier. Most of all enjoy your time at the fort as you learn about the fascinating people that once made history here.

The park is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. More information is available at the park’s website www.nps.gov/beol, click on “Plan Your Visit,” then “Calendar” or you can stop by or call the park at (719) 383-5026. A Special Event Fee of $5 per person will be charged for all visitors aged 6 and up.

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