Free Admission to Bent’s Fort on Saturday

In recognition of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29, Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will join with all other national parks in offering free admission to visitors.

This 19th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Other Federal agencies offering free admittance on September 29 include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.

“National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America’s open spaces,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to unwind, recreate and learn.”

Locally, guided tours of Bent’s Fort will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Self-guided tours and the park’s orientation film will be available during open hours which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition, the Western National Parks Association trade goods and bookstore in the back of the fort will recognize the day by offering a 15% discount off all merchandise.

Visit for a full list of parks and information to plan your park adventure. The National Park Service will also waive entrance fees from November 10 – 12 in commemoration of Veterans Day.



National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior Bent’s Old Fort
National Historic Site
35110 Highway 194 East
La Junta, CO 81050

719 383-5010 phone
719 383-2129 fax

Bent’s Old Fort News Release
September 24, 2012
For Immediate Release
Rick Wallner, 719-383-5024


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