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Kansas Frontier Forts Day Trip
8:30 am
Fort DodgeDepart for Fort Dodge located five miles east of Dodge City on Highway 400. Please allow 45 to 60 minutes to tour the fort and museum. The admission is free and donations are appreciated.

Contact
Dodge City CVB
Ph: (620) 225-8186

Fort Dodge was established in 1865, to control the Indian problem in southwest Kansas. Now a Kansas Soldiers Home for retired veterans, the fort has a self-guided walking tour and library / museum is open to the public and open year round.

9:30 am Depart for Larned

Travel down Highway 56 to Fort Larned located six miles west of Larned.

10:30 am Tour Fort Larned 
Please allow 90 minutes to tour the fort. Admission to the fort is $3 per person. The fort is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Contact
Fort Larned National Historic Site
Rural Route 3, Box 69
Larned, KS 67550
Ph: (620) 285-6911

One of the most complete and authentic frontier forts remaining from the Indian Wars period is Fort Larned. Fort Larned was established in 1859, to protect the mail coaches and travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. Now a National Historic Site, Fort Larned survives as one of the best and most authentic examples of a frontier military post. Nine original buildings, with many fully restored and furnished rooms, surround the parade ground with its 100-foot flagpole. The National Park Service operates a visitors center with a museum, audio-visual programs, and bookstore. Living history is available on summer weekends and other times throughout the year.

Lunch in Larned - your choice

1:00 pm Depart for Fort Hays

2:00 pm Tour Fort Hays
Please allow 90 minutes to tour the fort. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. The fort is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Contact
Email
Ph: (785) 625-6812 

Fort Hays was established in 1867, to protect the construction workers who were building the Union Pacific Railroad. The original blockhouse, guardhouse, and officers quarters are located here as well as exhibits interpreting pioneer and military history. The fort is open year round.

Location
1472 Highway 183 Alt
Hays, Kansas

3:30 pm Depart for Dodge City

5:30 pm Arrive at bunkhouse to freshen up