1830s Rendezvous

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Special Engagement!

1830s Rendezvous

1830s RendezvousSaturday and Sunday,
September 16 & 17, 2017
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!

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 guest for 2017 and award recipient is 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 >
Jimmy Trujillo >

Rendezvous Participants

Details coming soon!

Artist Demonstration

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


Southwest Musicians (Day & Time TBD), Rex Rideout, Music of the Early West (Day & Time TBD), Honoring John Carson of Bent’s Old Fort

Historic Interpreters

Beaver Trapping with Uncle Dick Wootton

Rendezvous Sponsorship

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Event Flyer

Here’s the Flyer >

Food trucks will be on site!

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