Bent’s Old Fort, built in Colorado in 1833, was a major fur trading post along the Santa Fe Trail. The primary trade was with the Plains Indians for buffalo robes. During its 16 year occupation, the fort was the center of the Bent, St. Vrain Trade Company and also served as an army base during the war with Mexico in 1846.
Today Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features an adobe fort reconstructed from 19th century drawings. The site is now an educational center of the life of the 1800’s frontiersmen. Programs are geared towards children and include skill instruction, role play, and guided tours.