The Fort’s founders Samuel and Elizabeth Arnold were both avid historians, and felt a true connection to the American West. The couple wanted to raise their children in the foothills outside Denver, and dreamed of building an authentic adobe home there. Elizabeth, lovingly known as Bay, was struck by the architecture and history of Old Bent’s Fort while reading a history book, and suggested she and Sam build a true replica of the adobe Castle of the Plains to be … Read the entire post >
What’s better than a delicious soup with a side of history? The recipe for Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson soup is The Fort’s take on classic caldo tlalpeño, and the tale of its name is a flavorful addition to its history.
In 1961, two years before The Fort’s opening, the Arnold family road tripped to Mexico and stopped in the Mexican border town of Durango. There they ate lunch in a local drugstore known for its delicious, authentic … Read the entire post >
Christmas in Old Santa Fe is a delightful experience. The cool, crisp winter air is perfumed with smoke from piñon and native cedar fires. On Christmas Eve, many Santa Feans travel south about 40 miles to a wonderful American Indian pueblo called San Felipe for a very special occasion. The little church is lit with oil lamps, and American Indians dance up to the altar in a prayer ceremony, followed by a midnight mass.
At The Fort, we follow a … Read the entire post >
Just in time for Halloween, we are enjoying a long-time Fort favorite. Originally served at The Fort in the early 1960s, our Baked Stuffed Pumpkin is similar to a dish once prepared by Native Americans. One of the Three Sacred Sisters (squash), pumpkin was combined with toasted sunflower meal to give the Native Americans’ version of this dish a very distinctive flavor. We suggest complimenting it with your favorite hot sauce, and sharing photos of your version of this autumn … Read the entire post >
During the first few decades of operation at The Fort, the recipe for our pumpkin-walnut muffins was requested by guests on what seemed to be a nightly basis. Generations later, we are sharing the secret ingredient to our favorite bread; it’s all about the pumpkin! These muffins contain nearly twice as much pumpkin as similar recipes, and are cooked for a long time at a low temperature to give them the dense, flavorful texture that guests have come to love.… Read the entire post >
As summer draws to an end, and football season is set to kick off, we are preparing for fall weather and dreaming of cozy Sundays by the television, cheering on our favorite team amongst family and friends. As we’re sure you will agree, there is nothing better than a delicious chili on brisk afternoons, so we encourage you to try The Fort’s Chile Con Carne, New Mexican-style, at home.
Sam Arnold made this dish when his two children were young, … Read the entire post >
It has been a busy and exciting summer at The Fort! With concert season in full swing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, we reintroduced our popular Red Rocks Menu, which features entrées that can be prepared more quickly, allowing enough time for concert-goers to enjoy a delicious meal and cocktail on our expansive outdoor patio before making their way to Red Rocks, just two miles away.
We have had the pleasure of welcoming new and return guests for shinin’ times over … Read the entire post >