Fort Larned National Historic Site is open daily from 8:30AM to 4:30PM Central Time. The park is open seven days a week and only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's.
Special events run throughout the year. Programs and times vary. Check our website for current schedules. Groups should request guided tours in advance. Contact the park for more information.
A picnic area with several picnic shelters, fresh water, shade trees, and restrooms is located at the entrance to Fort Larned National Historic site (Directions). The picnic area is only open during the park's open hours.
Fort Larned does not have onsite lodging or restaurant facilities, however, there are options for both available in nearby Larned and Great Bend. Visit the Larned Chamber of Commerce hospitality page for eating and sleeping options in Larned. Visit the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Visitor Info and Map page for eating and sleeping options available in Great Bend.
Both of these sites include information on area campsites.
1) Watch your step on the wood steps and stone doorways when they're wet, or covered with ice or snow; they can be very slippery under those conditions.
2) Summers can be extremely hot and winters can be very cold so please take the proper seasonal precautions when walking around the fort. See the weather page for information about the western Kansas climate.
3) Thunderstorms are possible during the spring, summer, and fall, so be prepared to take cover in those situations. In the event of a violent storm or tornado, Fort Larned staff will direct you to planned safe zones.
4) Please follow all instructions when viewing historic weapons firing demonstrations.