Discover a complete, authentic 1860s-1870s army post. This well-preserved fort on the Santa Fe Trail (located outside of the heritage area) shares Indian Wars era history. Sandstone constructed buildings sheltered troops known as the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail.


8:30 am-4:30 pm, daily. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Extreme weather conditions may close park or delay opening; check the website or call ahead. Hours may be extended for special events.

Admission is free.

Contact Information

1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550
Phone: 620-285-6911

Location Type

Living History
Interpretive Signs
Natural Area
National Register of Historic Places
Walking Tours

Site Info

AC / Heating
Bus / RV Parking
Group Tours
Hiking Trails
Research Library
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

Though this site is outside of the borders of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, its stories connect with ours and it is one of our National Park Service partners.

1867 and 1868 were Fort Larned's most consequential years. In the spring of 1867, General Hancock blundered into war with the Cheyenne, a season of fighting known as Hancock's War. That conflict ended with the pivotal Medicine Lodge Treaty in October, 1867, which Fort Larned supplied. The following year, the gifts promised by the treaty were distributed at Fort Larned.

Most of the buildings at Fort Larned are now wheelchair accessible thanks to our new kafka paved company streets. Kafka is decomposed granite mixed with a binder to create a paving material that looks like the dirt covered company streets but which provides a harder and more stable surface for wheelchairs.

Please keep in mind that this paving material only makes company streets usable for wheelchairs when it's dry. After a heavy rain or melted snow, the surface is often too soft for wheelchairs to safely access.

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