Fort Larned National Historic Site


Fort Larned was established in 1859 as a base of military operations against hostile Indians of the Central Plains, to protect traffic along the Santa Fe Trail and as an agency for the administration of the Central Plains Indians by the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the terms of the Fort Wise Treaty of 1861. With nine restored buildings, it survives as one of the best examples of Indian Wars period forts. Most of the buildings including: barracks, commissary, officers quarters and more, are furnished to their original appearance. Fort Larned National Historic Site takes visitors back to this turbulent era in the nation's history.



Seasonality / Weather

Western Kansas has a four season climate typified by long, warm summers, cool winters, short spring and fall seasons, and nearly constant breeze. Humidity is relatively low compared to the eastern portion of the state.

The average high is 70 or above May through October. July and August are the warmest months with average highs in the 90s. July is the wettest month with an average of about 3.7 inches of rain. Winter is milder than more northern latitudes with average lows in December through February of 18 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow does occur in winter and can drift substantially.

The potential for violent storms and tornados exists mainly in spring. In the event of a violent storm or tornado, Fort Larned staff will direct visitors to planned safe zones.



Fort Larned National Historic Site is located on KS Hwy 156, six miles west of Larned, KS. From Interstate 70, travel 30 miles west of Salina and take exit 225 for KS 156. Turn left and follow KS 156 approximately 82 miles to Fort Larned National Historic Site. The park is also accessible by KS 156 and various other state roads.


Great Bend Municipal Airport is the nearest airfield with commercial flights, located about 26 miles from Fort Larned NHS. Other nearby airports include those in Hays, KS (56 miles); Dodge City, KS (61 miles); and Wichita, KS (135 miles).