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Rendezvous at the Fort


Mountain men trappers' and traders' encampments as it was at Bent’s Old Fort in the 1830s. Meet the Indian Nations today – ceremonial dances, singing, and the history of each respective Indian nation, many of whose ancestors traded at Bent’s Old Fort.
Meet the award-winning Spanish Colonial artists who carry on their culture with handmade retablos and bultos, tin art, micaceous clay pottery, and beautiful weavings from churro wool.
Storytellers, music with Rex Rideout, and much more! Delicious food – frito pie, tamales, and more from the Fort!

Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2024

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both Days.
Rain or Shine!

Admission: Coming Soon!

7 - 12: 

6 & Under Free

Parking is Free

At The Fort
19192 Highway 8
Morrison, Colorado – in Southwest Denver “Red Rocks Country.”
See the map on our Contact Us page > 

Thank you to everyone who attended, and volunteered at, our 2023 event!

Rendezvous Participants: to be determined

A day at the Rendezvous at The Fort is a day in the early West, offering engaging and immersive fun for the whole family. Historic interpreters will show guests day-to-day skills from the 1840s, such as sign language, wool processing, domestic arts, black powder shooting competition, and more. Additional activities include a Scavenger Hunt, informative lectures and documentary film showings, raptors, mammals, and reptiles provided by Nature’s Educators, storytelling by Angel Vigil and Komi Casica, music of the period by Rex Rideout, The American Indian powwow and dance demonstrations by the Denver Singers, and artwork by Spanish colonial artists using traditional methods. Concessions will be provided onsite by The Fort Restaurant.

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Patron Party

The festivities for this event will kick off with a Tesoro Meet the Artists Patron Party on Friday, September 20, 2024, from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Fort (19192 Highway 8 in Morrison). Guests will have the first opportunity to purchase award-winning art and enjoy live music and entertainment. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Ticketed guests will receive a prickly pear margarita or non-alcoholic cooler and guacamole and chips.

Already a Member? You will be able to buy Your Patron Party Tickets here in the summer of 2024.

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This Weekend-Long Event Included:

  • Demonstrations throughout the weekend by Mountain Men and Frontier Women, including fire-starting, beadwork, Indian sign language, wool processing, and a Flintlock Rifle Shoot.

  • Storytelling and musical performances by Angel Vigil, Komi Casica and Rex Rideout, Flamenco Dancing from Fiesta Colorado and more. Stay tuned for exact dates/times.

  • Hands-on activities for all ages including a Scavenger Hunt for children.

  • See raptors, mammals, and reptiles provided by Nature’s Educators.

  • Informative Lectures and Documentary Film Showings about the Fur Trade, the region’s Early Spanish Settlers, and more!

  • Concessions are provided by The Fort Restaurant.

    Tesoro would like to thank its sponsors for this event, including:

    • SCFD
    • Colorado Creative Industries
    • National Endowment for the Arts
    • National Endowment for the Humanities
    • Kinney Oil Company
    • The Fort
    • RMPBS
    • Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn
    • FirstBank
    • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
    • History Colorado
    • Giving First Foundation

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