Echoes of the Past
The sandstone buildings on Fort Larned’s quadrangle have survived to the present in part because of their sturdy and careful construction. Most frontier military buildings were not such high quality. In fact, many of Fort Larned’s buildings were built out of weaker materials such as adobe or wood. These structures, though once vital to the post, have not survived.
As you explore Fort Larned’s History and Nature Trail, imagine the full scale of the living post: a mail station, corrals, stables, stores, and offices amid a stream of countless passing wagons.
The nature trail is a one-mile loop, half on a mowed path, and half on a gravel road. There is no significant elevation change along the trail. The entire trail may be completed at a leisurely pace in about half an hour. Use the History & Nature Trail self-guided tour in the NPS App for information along the way.
Last updated: January 14, 2022