History & Nature Trail

Close up view of a sunflower.

NPS Photo/Nathan King

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.

Getting Started

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 portion of the cell phone tour for information along the way.

Please keep the following in mind as you explore the trail:

  • Please leave the park as you find it. Collecting or disturbing any park resource is prohibited.
  • Upon returning from the trail, hikers are advised to check for ticks. Certain species of ticks can carry life-threatening diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Venomous snakes such as the prairie rattlesnake are uncommon at Fort Larned, but may be present. Be alert! If you hear a rattlesnake, stop, identify the location of the snake, and back away slowly. Do not attempt to harm or kill any snakes. All wildlife is protected in the park.
History & Nature Trail Map.
Map of the History & Nature Trail

NPS Photo

Last updated: July 20, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550

Phone:

620-285-6911
This phone is answered during regular business hours. After hours calls will be answered the next day. Please select a mailbox or leave a message on the main extension when the fort is closed.

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