Fort Vasquez

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Fort Vasquez

Fort Vasquez is open again - with a fresh new look and programs. Visit the site of an 1835 fur-trading fort and follow the paths of founders Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette, who hired mountain men like Jim Beckwourth and Baptiste Charbonneau at their adobe outpost on the South Platte River frequented by the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Lakota people.

The current exhibit, More than Mud, tells the stories of the early fur trading posts along the Front Range and the influence of Mexican builders on the largely treeless plains. It also highlights the story of the archaeological exploration and reconstruction of the original Fort Vasquez, begun in the 1930s as a New Deal project. 
 

Hours

Winter (October 1 through March 31)

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Summer (April 1 through September 30)

Daily: 10 am – 4 pm