Bent County is a rural, agricultural county in southeastern Colorado covering 1,541 square miles of the Great Plains and the fertile Arkansas River Valley. Nearly a third of Bent County's 6,500 residents live in the county seat of Las Animas, located at the junction of the Arkansas and Purgatoire Rivers. The county is named for William Bent, the prominent nineteenth-century trader who established Bent's Fort, a trading post on the Arkansas River just a few miles west of present-day Las Animas. John Martin Reservoir State Park is a state park in Colorado. It contains John Martin Reservoir, which is the second largest body of water in Colorado by capacity. It is also known for being a prime birdwatching location.

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