• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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    The Ray House will be closed intermittently while a new cedar shake roof is installed. We regret the inconvenience, but the work is necessary for the preservation of the structure. The work is scheduled to be completed by September 15.


    Tickets for the “Moonlight Tour” will go on sale on August 9, 2014. The tour will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Tickets are $7.00 per person. Tickets may be obtained in person at the Visitor Center or by mail (for a limited time).

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fee

Entrance is defined as a person entering the battlefield by vehicle, bicycle or on foot. The entrance fee to the battlefield is $5.00 per adult to a maximum of $10.00 per vehicle, and may be paid in the Visitor Center with cash, debit or credit cards. Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week, year-round. The receipt is honored for seven days. An adult is defined as anyone 16 years old and older.

Tour Road hours vary according to season. After 5 p.m., when the Tour Road gate is open but the Visitor Center is closed, no entrance fee is required. Park brochures are available outside the Visitor Center in the brochure rack.

A Wilson's Creek annual park pass is available for $20. This is a Wilson's Creek-specific pass designed for this park only. The pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. The pass may be signed by two individuals. The pass applies to the pass holder and anyone in the pass holder's vehicle.

The America the Beautiful Passes are honored and sold/issued at the Visitor Center. Visitors must show a picture identification along with their Wilson's Creek annual park pass or America the Beautiful Pass to obtain a token to drive the Tour Road. Both the pass and the identification must be carried with the user while he/she is visiting the battlefield.

America the Beautiful (Interagency) Passes, valid for one year, grant entry to federally-operated sites throughout the country. Senior and Access Passes are still available under the America the Beautiful Program. Additionally, passes are now available to park volunteers giving 250 hours of service, and to active members of the military and their dependents.

More about America the Beautiful Passes

Did You Know?


The traditional site of General Lyon's death was marked by a pile of stones soon after the battle, and quickly became a tourist attraction and historic site.