Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site (website)
U.S. Highway 50 and Highway 194. From La Junta, Colorado on U.S. Highway 50, take Highway 109 north , La Junta, CO 81050, Tel: 719-383-5010
Details: Built in 1833, as part of the Santa Fe Trail, by William and Charles Bent and Ceran St. Vrain, Bent's Fort was host to explorers, adventurers, and the U.S. Army. More recent activities include guided tours, the Santa Fe Trail Encampment, and a Traditional December Holiday Celebration. Take U.S. Highway 50 and Highway 194. From La Junta, Colorado on U.S. Highway 50, take Highway 109 north 1 mile to Highway 194, then east on Highway 194 six miles to the fort. From Las Animas, Colorado, on U.S. Highway 50, take Highway 194 west 13 miles.
Birds: Grebes, Cormorants, Herons, Ibis, Geese, Ducks, Vultures, Hawks, Eagles, Falcon, Quail, Pheasants, Turkeys, Rails, Cranes, Plovers, Avocets, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Doves, Roadrunners, Cuckoos, Owls, Nightjars, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Larks, Swallows, Jays, Magpies, Crows, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Wrens, Thrushes, Thrashers, Shrikes, Starlings, Vireos, Warblers, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Sparrows, Buntings, Blackbirds, Orioles, Finches, Weaver Finches.
Note: Bird listings may include resident and migratory birds and common and rare sightings.