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Bent's Fort National Historic Site near Colorado Springs, CO

35110 CO-194 La Junta, CO 81050
Located in Colorado Springs, the Bent's Ford National Historic site stands erected in the place known as the Santa Fe Trail. In the 1830's this structure was created out of Adobe as place where traveler's, traders and trappers could come to do honest trading with Native Americans on peaceful ground. Today that structure remains standing as testament to the time in history. Now a place where individuals can come to see those who work there reenact scenes from this time in history. Those visiting what has now become a historic interactive museum can be given guided tours, and demonstrations.

These demonstrations can include kid activities where the children get a chance to actually become part of that timeline. The kids are given groups where they take on the roles of different individuals represented in that time such as traders, travelers and Native American tribes. Not only would this be a fun experience for the kids but also an educational one. This makes the Bent's Fort a great place for a class to go on a field trip which is why school tours are provided all year round. There is also a program for college students and those with an adventurous spirit called The Living History Encampment that takes place during the month of June where individuals can take on the roles for up to five days.

So, visitors to the Bent's Fort National Historic Site can experience this time in history first hand. The museum is opened year round except for the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Admission is three dollars for adults and two dollars for kids between the ages of 6-12 years old.


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