We the Cimarron canyon down to the plains, time for a stop at Raton. Amtrak arrived from KC we drove past the depot - memories of Bill's trip to Albuquerque a number of years ago. We visited the museum, had lunch at El Matador, and headed for Raton Pass. The road from Trinidad to La Junta is 70+ miles of essentially nothing, just a few ranches and some abandoned settlements without even a change in speed limit. This road follows the Santa Fe Trail for many miles.
We arrived at Bent's Old Ford NHS about 2:30 and explored it thoroughly, leaving not long before it closed at 4.
Restored fort seen from the walk
Hat, woodpile & fire pit
Gate seen from outside
Two interpreters, period dress
Wagon in yard of fort
Yard of fort
Outside adobe wall seen from bastion
We got to Lamar about 4:30, checked in, watched a thunderstorm roll in and crashed early. 259 miles on the day, 3606 for the trip. Saturday it's on to Great Bend - sightseeing optional.