Last updated: November 28, 2023
Pawnee Rock State Historic Site is 16 miles east of Fort Larned. This sandstone outcropping was a well-known land mark on the Santa Fe Trail. Not only did it let travelers on the trail know they were following the correct route, it was also the halfway point on the trail.
Location (Pawnee Rock, Kansas)
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Rising fifty to sixty feet above the surrounding terrain, Pawnee Rock served as an important landmark for travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, marking the halfway point of the long journey. This Kansas State Historic Site invites visitors to stand atop the pavilion for a 360-degree view of the Arkansas River Valley, read exhibits about the area’s significance, and enjoy a picnic at a covered table. Visit go.nps.gov/PawneeRock to learn more.