At Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, visitors can tour the remnants of a 19th-century military fort that at one time had over 30 structures.
The Visitor Center includes an introductory film, artifacts, scale models, life sized camel replica, soldier and laundress dress up stations, original paintings, and more. The fort has stunning panoramic views, a picnic shelter, and a diverse range of wildlife.
We recommend allowing at least an hour for a comprehensive tour of the site. The self-guided tour includes indoor museum exhibit and outdoor viewing of the fort ruins. The outdoor tour requires extensive walking on 2.5 miles of trail; therefore, we suggest dressing appropriately. Daytime summer temperatures can exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Visitor parking is available on site.
A Museum Store is located inside the Visitor Center. A large assortment of books, t-shirts, caps, and period toys are available for purchase.
The site is not wheelchair accessible, although a majority of the site can be navigated by wheelchair. A golf cart is available (first come, first served basis) for touring the fort grounds, which are gravel and not ADA-approved for wheelchairs.
Dogs are welcome and must be on a leash.
Visitors are encouraged to bring food and drinks to enjoy in our picnic facility. Drinks are also available in the Visitor Center and restrooms are provided on site.
While you're in the area, visit these nearby sites:
- Historic Fort Stockton
- Annie Riggs Memorial Museum
- Caverns of Sonora
- Balmorhea State Park
- Historic Fort Concho
- Alley Oop Park Museum
- Crockett County Museum
- Independence Creek Preserve
For additional travel and history information, see the following resources: