Gateway arch to Bent's Old Fort

Nancy talks with the greeters

Bent's Old Fort

Traders Store

Large press for bailing Beaver pelts and Bison hides

Today's record high temperature.


Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site

LaJunta, CO

Wednesday – September 3, 2014

High Temperature: 103 degrees (New Record)

Low Temperature: 63 degrees

Day Trip: Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site

We left the RV campground by 9:00 am for the 40 mile drive west on US 50.

This section of US 50 is designated a Scenic Byway. The designation was lost on me.

I’m having a hard time appreciating this part of Colorado.

Arriving at Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site we watched a short video on the history of the fort/trading post then took a self guided tour. The entire structure was reconstructed in 1976 on the site of the original post.

The post was a vital stop for fur trappers, traders, mountain men and pioneers traveling west even though the life of the post lasted just a short 16 years.

I was impressed at the level of detail in the reconstruction.


I had two other stops on today’s day trip but neither panned out. We found both the Kit Carson Museum and the Big Timbers Museum closed.

After a lunch stop at a downtown Lamar restaurant we made a short stop at the local Walmart and returned to the cool comfort of our Conestoga while watching the outside temperature climb to a recording setting 103 degrees.

Cooler temperatures are in the forecast for tomorrow when we will make a trip of approximately 360 miles around the mountains to Santa Fe, NM.

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