At Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, visitors have the opportunity to see and tour the remnants of a 19th-century military fort that at one time had 25 structures. In addition to a visitors center with an 1858 replica Concord stagecoach, 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 tour is almost entirely outside and requires extensive walking on 2.5 miles of trail; therefore, we suggest dressing appropriately. Daytime summer temperatures can exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit. A golf cart is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visitor parking is available on site.
A gift shop is located inside the visitors 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 for touring the fort grounds, which are gravel and not ADA-approved for wheelchairs.
Visitors are encouraged to bring food and drinks for enjoying in our picnic facility. Drinks are also available in the visitors center and restrooms are provided on site.
While you're in the area, visit these nearby sites:
- Historic Fort Stockton
- 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: