Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site Trail

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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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 bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 13 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips


bird watching

partially paved



wild flowers


no shade

historic site

Please note: It has been reported that the Fort is closed due to COVID-19, but trail is open.

1 month ago

4/26/2020 Fort closed due to virus but trail open. 2 Red Devon oxen on the trail, probably for wagon exhibition, Nice April 1.7 mile hikes along the river. Will come back when fort is open as there is a lot of history here.

Thu May 16 2019

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Mon Oct 22 2018

Nice easy walk.

Sun Jul 22 2018

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

Tue Jul 17 2018

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.

Wed May 30 2018

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

Tue Feb 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!

Fri Dec 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.

Wed Oct 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.

Thu Nov 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!