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La Junta Things to Do

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    by Toughluck Written Aug 26, 2012

    Called the Castle on the Plains, Bent's Old Fort originated as a trading post between the local Indians and the Americans in St. Louis. It became a major stopping point and resupply for caravans traveling the Santa Fe Trail.

    I arrived at 7:30 a.m., well before it opened and was able to walk the nature trail and enjoy the early hours along the Arkansas River.

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    by painterdave Updated Feb 3, 2007

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    If you are motoring along highway 50, it is well worth it to take a few hours when you reach La Junta, Colorado and drive over to Bent's Old Fort. This amazing rebuild of Bent's Fort is one of the best Colorado Tourist spots in the state. It is a United States Monument.
    The builders found the plans that Bent used and rebuilt the fort to the plans. When you enter the fort it will feel like Bent himself will walk out and greet you. Locals dress in frontier garb and cook, make crafts and pound metal just like in the old days of the fort.
    You can climb the towers for great photos, and visit all the rooms which will give you a great feel for what it was like back then to live in an adobe fort. There is a great museum with souvenirs for purchase that were things they had back then for sale in the store. There is a movie about the history of the fort.
    On weekends and especially holidays there will be local people from La Junta cooking and playing the part of fort residents of the times. There is transportation for folks who cannot walk the short distance from the parking lot to the fort. In the summer you might consider bringing a water bottle. It can get warm in mid day.

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    the fort from afar

    by sambarnett Updated Mar 3, 2003

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    The fort, located eight miles east of La Junta, was the melting pot of the US west during the middle nineteenth century. Originally called Fort William, it was founded in 1833 by brothers William and Charles Bent and their partner Ceran St. Vrain. Bent, St. Vrain and Company hired Mexican laborers to build the adobe structure, which proved quite durable in the dry, plains climate.
       The location, on the banks of the Arkansas River and the Mountain Route of the Santa Fe Trail, was perfect. To the north were the hunting grounds of the Plains Indians, to the south Mexico and coming from the east, trappers and traders swapping goods before moving on. English, Spanish, French and many Indian languages could be overheard here.
       Both Bents married into Native American families, and thus the fort became an important focal point for many tribes of Plains Indians.
       The 1848 war with Mexico along with an increase of settlers and goldseekers to the region led the fort's decline. It is rumored that William Bent tried to burn it down after the US Army decided not to buy the structure.

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    by oriettaIT Written Mar 7, 2014

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    We were in La Junta Colorado for family things and traveling from Italy to the States for only a few days does not make it for a easy Jet lag adaptment!! we ended up wide awake every morning at 4am wondering how long we would have to wait until breakfast time!
    La Junta have the perfect answer to this question as Copper Kitchen is open from 5am to the evening and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    The place has a very original american diner look, probably because that is what it is, a fine example of a diner.
    It is run by a family and it has a loyal bunch of local customers that came every morning to get a good start of the day.

    Favorite Dish: We came back several time and pretty much tried it all, french toast were excellent as was hash brown and eggs and fried chicken steaks.
    They will keep refilling your coffee for free until you are finished.

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    by painterdave Written Nov 11, 2013

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    Located away from the center of La Junta near the Junior College is this restaurant created in an old home. You can expect down home Mexican cooking here with efficient service and a good menu of choices. This place was a real surprise, and there will be a return visit.
    Margaritas were well made, too.
    Bathrooms clean
    Dining area clean and comfortable.
    Decor as you would imagine, Mexican artifacts, etc.
    Service was efficient.
    See photos of food choices below.
    Hours are: Wed.-Fri. 11 to 1 for Lunch
    Tues. -Sat. 5 to 8 for Dinner

    Favorite Dish: Enchiladas and chili rellenos are well made.
    Price below is with drinks included.

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    by painterdave Updated Nov 10, 2013

    This place was featured on FoodNetwork's Alton Brown Show. The food is generous, not expensive, and the waitresses are good at making sure you have a full coffee cup.
    There are adequate choices on the menu, and the service is speedy. This restaurant is usually popular with the locals, but you should be able to find a table. Expect the atmosphere to be noisy, but everyone is good natured. The locals know each other and so you will see people talking to other tables of people.
    Expect Good Food,.... and more reasonably priced than the corporate restaurants near the Wallmart area.

    Favorite Dish: I do not have a favorite, but you can see from the pictures included what to expect. Just click on the extra photos to see what the food looks like.

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La Junta Warnings and Dangers

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    keep your balance

    by sambarnett Written Mar 3, 2003

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    You'll pretty much have run of the place but beware that most of the second level has no guardrails, so watch where you walk, especially if a school group is visiting.

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    by morgandk Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Koshare Kiva and Bent's Fort National Historic Park.

    Fondest memory: My nephew and I were born in the same hospital in La Junta.

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