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Pre-conference workshops include the ever-popular Interpreter's Roadshow and an overnight stay at Bent's Old Fort.
Bent's Old Fort in southeast Colorado was an 1833 fort built for the trade of buffalo robes.
The species offers shade in historic sites like Fort Laramie in Wyoming, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site in Colorado, and stretches of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and provides oases in the prairie at places like Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
The anchor of their empire, built in 1833, became known as Bent's Old Fort, now a National Historic Site in La Junta.
Look for similar garb at rendezvous from Santa Fe to Bent's Old Fort
Photo: Catch Bent's Old Fort with wagon pulling by the fortress-like adobe walls and pioneer-style folks in view--and you know for a moment what life on the Santa Fe Trail looked like
The Fort is an authentic re-creation of Bent's Old Fort on the Santa Fe Trail and is made with more than 80,000 adobe bricks of mud and straw, each brick weighing 40 pounds.
Bent's Old Fort was named for brothers Charles and William Bent, who made a handsome profit in their first trade expedition on the Santa Fe Trail in 1829.
Outside, enjoy food and craft beer inspired by the National Western Stock Show on the Cafe Rendezvous patio, listen to local talent presented by Swallow Hill Music, and try your hand at traditional building techniques with help from Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site and Natural Dwelling, LLC.
Colorado - Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site December 2 and 3, witness the joys, pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post with candlelight tours of the fort.
For instance, selecting Frontier Life brings up images and information on everything from the Pawnee Pioneer Trail and Bent's Old Fort to Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum.
Some sites, such as Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta, which has recorded over 135 species of birds, charge a nominal entry fee ($3).