Santa Fe Trail Association

Bent's Fort Chapter - Events & News


"Within a days’ travel or so of Bent’s Fort…we arrived at the promisedland known to traders as
‘Big Timber’ for rest and refreshment. A thick forest of venerable trees sheltered us from the heat,
and beneath them wandered a stream cool with the mountain snow."
— Matt Field at Big Timber on the Arkansas River, 1839


Almost all chapter events are held on Saturdays. Check the SFTA calendar at the right to see what future events are planned. You can also check out our chapter's events and news on our Facebook page. Just enter Bent's Fort Chapter in the Facebook search box and you'll find us.


Our chapter newsletter is published quarterly.  Prior issues can be found by clicking on the links below. We also send out a weekly email newsletter with more current news and information. If you would like to subscribe to the weekly newsletter, send an email to Rod Podszus at













Art Source: The painting featured at the top of this page was done by artist and SFTA member Doug Holdread.
Visit Doug's Website, The photo of the wagon at the top of this page was taken by Ron Dulle,

Our Mission
The mission of the Santa Fe Trail Association is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.  The Santa Fe Trail Association’s purposes are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.