Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site
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.