Tourist Information

Bent County is home to some great historical sites.
From John Martin Reservoir to Boggsville there are great places to explore in Bent County. 
Boggsville
150 YEARS OF HISTORY Boggsville played an important, and brief, role in the development of Southeast Colorado. The settlement's local and regional historic value was recognized by its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, as an early Colorado agricultural and trade center, and is also a certified site on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Boggsville was established in 1866, but the history of its location has been written about numerous times prior to Thomas Boggs settling here. Zebulon Pike made entries in his diary on November 15, 1806 about camping on the banks of the Purgatoire some two miles south of the Arkansas River. 

TAKE HWY 101 SOUTH FROM LAS ANIMAS FOR 2 MILES & FOLLOW SIGNS
RV SITES WITH FULL HOOK UPS   $20 INCLUDES HOOKUPS
CAMP SITES   $ 10 A NIGHT
Bathrooms and Showers available on site
CONTACT INFO: 719-456-1358     Email: [email protected]   FACEBOOK: BOGGSVILLE, LANDMARK  
John Martin Reservoir
 Sometimes called a sapphire on the plains, John Martin is a peaceful paradise in which people play, birds flock and wildlife roams. The park is close to historic landmarks, yet remote enough to attract year-round nature and recreation lovers to stay and explore. The reservoir provides uncrowded boating, waterskiing, and spectacular conditions for a wide variety of wind water sports. The mild Southeastern Colorado weather provides plenty of great days throughout the year. Anglers from shore or boat catch walleye, saugeye, bass, wiper, crappie, perch, and catfish.

Park Office: 30703 Co. Rd. 24 Hasty, CO, 81044
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm Sat & Sun Closed Hours May Vary Seasonally
Park Hours: 5 A.M. - 10 P.M. (Unless Camping, Fishing Or Boating)
Phone: (719) 829-1801
Fax: (719) 829-4980
Email: [email protected]

John W Rawlings Museum
The John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum is a dynamic place where history and culture come together to be experienced by a multi generational audience. Historic exhibits and events will interpret the influence of Bent County on the growth of the state and region. The facility serves as headquarters of the Bent County Historical Society where historical artifacts are displayed, preserved, documented, and interpreted for the public.

HOURS
CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY
OPEN – TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
TUESDAY – 9AM TO 4PM
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY – 1PM TO 4PM
SATURDAYS NOON TO 4PM.
Bent's Old Fort
The Castle on the Plains or Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade.  Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events. 

 Operating Hours:
 9:00 am to 4:00 pm September through May
8:00 am to 5:30 pm June through August. 

Fees and Passes
$3.00 for adults
 $2.00 for 6 to 12 year olds
under 6 years of age are free.
During the special events including the June 8-9 Santa Fe Trail Encampment, September 15 Hispanic Heritage Day, October 20 Native American Heritage Day and the December 7-8 Traditional Holiday Celebration the fee is $5.00 per person. 

Kit Carson Chapel
Kit Carson died in Surgeon General Tilton’s Quarters on May 23, 1868. The Surgeon General’s Quarters originally stood on the east side of the Fort Lyon Parade Square behind Building 5. After many years of disrepair, the Veterans Administration took the rocks from the quarters and made a building out of the rocks. The building was a Museum for a few years, then was eventually turned into the Kit Carson Chapel. Many weddings and funerals were held there. 

 Turn south on Colorado Highway #183 and enter through the Fort Lyon Gate where the Chapel stands proudly as the gateway to Fort Lyon National Cemetery.
The Chapel is available for weddings and funerals.
If you would like to know more and / or view the Chapel, please contact Kathleen Tomlin at 719-456-2948, and she will be glad to assist with requests and visitation.