Event will include old-fashioned fandango

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will host a Fur Trade Encampment from Saturday, Oct. 7, through Sunday morning, Oct. 8, featuring 50 living historians bringing the Santa Fe Trail trading post to life as if it were the year 1837.

Visitors are invited to come see, hear, smell and feel what life was like during that time period. Expect to see traders, cooks, laborers, craftsmen, trappers and hunters at work in the fort and surrounding camps. There will even be a company doctor to provide 1830s medical care.

Fort doors will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. The fort will remain open through an evening fandango from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that evening. Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo and the Southwest Musicians will provide the traditional music and dance of the old Spanish and Mexican fandangos. All are invited to join in the fun.

The living historians will be back in action carrying out their duties on Sunday morning, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. until noon.

In order to cover the costs associated with this event, the park will be charging a special event fee of $5 per person, ages 6 and up, during the encampment. Kids 5 and under are free. National Park Passes are honored for this fee. Fees will be collected at the fort entrance.

As always, visitors should be prepared for the weather. Water, sun screen and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is located on Colorado Highway 194, 8 miles east of La Junta or 15 miles west of Las Animas. For more information, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/beol or call the park at (719) 383-5010.