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Fungus Linked to Fatal Bat Disease Found in Southeastern Colorado

Fungus Linked to Fatal Bat Disease Found in Southeastern Colorado

  The fungus that causes a disease deadly to bats has been detected for the first time in Colorado.  Laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) was found on a bat captured at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in Otero County outside of La Junta, Colorado. Pd is an invasive fungus […]

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort 

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort 

The public is invited to join the inhabitants of Bent’s Old Fort on Monday, July 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to celebrate American Independence during the 2022 Old-Fashioned 4th Celebration. The 4th of July was one of the few holidays celebrated across the country in the 1840s.  The victory over the British in the War for […]

Bent’s Old Fort Fee Changes in 2022  

Bent’s Old Fort Fee Changes in 2022  

    La Junta, CO – In response to public input this summer, Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will be instituting its new entrance fees and going “cashless” starting on January 2, 2022. While the National Park Service will be handling credit card purchases only, the Western National Parks Association park store located in […]

Living Historians at Bent’s Old Fort

Living Historians at Bent’s Old Fort

  So, who are these people in the funny clothing at history events? Re-enactors, living historians, actors, entertainment; which applies? Depending on the location it might be any of the above, or a little of each. During the Santa Fe Trail bi-Centennial you might encounter numerous people who have committed their time and passions to […]

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort  

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort  

La Junta, CO – The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for individuals to “step back in time” and experience life as it might have been 175 years ago at a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail. From Monday, July 26, through Saturday, July 31, 2021, the fort will host an Historical Interpreter and […]

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

  The public is invited to join the inhabitants of Bent’s Old Fort on Saturday, July 4 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm to celebrate American Independence during the 2020 Old-Fashioned 4th Celebration. The 4th of July was one of the few holidays celebrated across the country in the 1840s.  The victory over the British in the War […]

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort

      The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for individuals to “step back in time” and experience life as it might have been 170 years ago at a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail. On Saturday, March 21 the fort will host “Frontier Skills Day.” This one-day experience will allow adults […]

Experience Bent’s Old Fort after Dark!

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 […]

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort

  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 172 years ago at Bent’s Fort on the Santa Fe Trail for our Military Encampment. 1847 was a year when things continued to go badly […]

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

      The public is invited to join the inhabitants of Bent’s Old Fort on Thursday, July 4 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm to celebrate American Independence during the 2019 Frontier Fourth Celebration. The 4th of July was one of the few holidays celebrated across the country in the 1840s. The victory over the […]

John Carson with Bent's Old Fort Honored for Tourism Service

John Carson with Bent’s Old Fort Honored for Tourism Service

  Colorado Tourism Office Honors John Carson with Bent’s Old Fort in Celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week  Denver, CO (May 9, 2019) ─ In marking the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week, the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) honored John Carson, with Bent’s Old Fort National Historic site in La Junta, as one of […]

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

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 […]

Bent's Fort Hosts Annual 1846 Holiday Celebration

Bent’s Fort Hosts Annual 1846 Holiday Celebration

  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will celebrate the holidays in 1840’s fashion beginning on Friday evening, December 7, and activities are planned throughout the day on Saturday, December 8.  *PLEASE NOTE:  In the event of a federal government shutdown, Saturday’s activities would be cancelled.* The event begins with candlelight tours starting at 6:30 […]

Celebración en el Fuerte! - Hispanic Heritage Day at Bent’s Old Fort

Celebración en el Fuerte! – Hispanic Heritage Day at Bent’s Old Fort

  The public is invited to join the denizens of Bent’s Old Fort on Saturday, September 15 to celebrate the Hispanic heritage of this reconstructed trading post on the Santa Fe Trail. The event will feature living history, presentations on Hispanic merchants and cowboys, and an 1840s-style fandango in the fort plaza.     Philip […]

Celebrate the Fourth at Bent's Fort

Celebrate the Fourth at Bent’s Fort

  The public is invited to join the denizens of Bent’s Old Fort on Wednesday, July 4 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm to celebrate American Independence during the 2018 Frontier Fourth Celebration. The 4th of July was one of the few holidays celebrated across the country in the 1840s. The victory over the British in […]