Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Junta, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
13 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips


partially paved



wild flowers


no shade

historic site

1 month ago

Nice easy walk.

4 months ago

Good trail in the cool parts of the day. Watch out for the steers that are in the area though.

4 months ago

The trail is very general, but the experience of the fort is well worth it. The trail gives you a chance to stretch your legs and enjoy a walk next to the Arkansas river and the wetlands on the property. When we completed the hike there were some horses on the property but i'm not sure if they are in the area each day.

6 months ago

Excellent place to visit with kids very hands on. Live blacksmith demonstration was excellent. Chooks and peacocks!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

fun place to visit, get your passport stamp there, friendly staff, dressed to the era, alot of rooms to explore at the fort, didn't do the trail, I wanted to see the fort!

Friday, December 04, 2015

Great history, well preserved fort and great staff. Not a hike, but a walk through the historic site. A must do in the area and it is not bad for a destination.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This is a scenic walk around the NPS' reconstruction of Bent's Old Fort. The site is quite off the beaten path, but,

If you are in the area, I strongly recommend a tour of the fort (and this scenic walk). The park does a great job of explaining the history behind the fort and the connection between the Spanish, native tribes, and American trappers and traders.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Just 1/4 mile from the parking lot to the fort on a paved path. It's located on the north bank of the Arkansas River, to the east of La Junta, Colorado. Very interesting!

recorded old bents fort

Saturday, July 01, 2017