1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market

1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market

1830s RendezvousSaturday and Sunday,
September 15 & 16, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
Open to the Public!
Admission: $5
Children 12 and Under: Free
Experience a Day in the Old West
A Fun Event For The Entire Family!

Art, Music, Mountain Men Demonstrations, History and more! 

2018 Details will be added as we confirm them.


Here are the details of last year’s 2017 Rendezvous:

Special Saturday Dinner Lecture 

Dr. James Hanson from The Museum of the Fur Trade will present a lecture on his newest book, Provisions of the Fur Trade, followed by a delicious Fort buffalo prime rib dinner. Buy your ticket before it’s sold out!

After dinner, Tesoro awards will be presented to Dr. Hanson and John Carson (of the National Historic Site Bent’s Old Fort), to honor them for their lifetime passion of keeping the west alive.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:00pm.

Tickets: $60 for Tesoro Members / $68 for Non-Members 
(Tesoro Members: Enter code MEMBER in the Discount field during Checkout.)


Waugh Rendezvous Friends!

Rendezvous CampJoin the Tesoro Cultural Center Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, for our 16th Annual 1830s Rendezvous to commemorate the American Mountain Men and Frontier Women of the Bent’s Fort era (1833-1849). Be ready to try your hand at high adventure activities including tomahawk throwing, hide scraping, and flint and steel fire starting. Watch black powder shooting, blacksmithing and other demonstrations on the skills and crafts that were necessary to survive during the American Fur Trade era. Learn firsthand how Mountain Men lived and the tools, supplies and weapons they carried and used. The 1830s Rendezvous is a special engagement weekend of our Living History Experience and honors those committed to excellence in historical interpretation and craftsmanship. Our honored guests and award recipients for 2017  are Dr. James Hanson and John M. Carson, Park Ranger – Interpretation, Bent’s Old Fort.

This Event Includes:
  • Hands-On Activities for all ages
  • An introduction to Shinin’ Times narrated by Sam Arnold (as shown on PBS)
  • National Park Service documentary film Bent’s Fort, The Sand Creek Massacre and the Civil War
  • Mini exhibits on the cultural diversity of early Colorado
  • Short films including Early Spanish Settlers of Colorado, The Utes, and The Kiowa People
  • Bent’s Quarters Trade Room with its collection of medicinal herbs, beads, buttons, china, calico, tobacco twists, sugar cones, tea bricks, and more!

Attending Artists

Ron Kil >
Juan Lopez >
Gary Monaco >
Jimmy Trujillo >

Rendezvous Participants

2017 Participants >

Artist Demonstration

Pottery, Weaving, Blacksmith, Tomahawk Thowing, Rope Making, Flint Lock Rifle Shooting & More


Rex Rideout, Sat & Sun (time TBD)
Spurs of the Moment Bluegrass, Saturday (time TBD)
Southwest Musicians, Sunday (time TBD)

Historic Interpreters

Beaver Trapping with Uncle Dick Wootton

Rendezvous Sponsorship

Here is the form >

Event Flyer

Here’s the Flyer >

Concessions provided by The Fort and Pink Zebra Desserts

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