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Fort Leaton State Historic Site

  • 360° view of the Fort Leaton exterior.
  • 360° view of the Fort Leaton adobe walls.

Things to Do

Fort Leaton is day use only and offers picnicking areas, guided tours, plus exhibits on the history from 15th century, natural history, and archaeological history of the area. The site serves for historical study activities.

The fort is the western entrance to Big Bend Ranch State Park. Permits for backpacking and camping (no hookups) at Big Bend Ranch State Park can be obtained at Fort Leaton or the Barton Warnock Visitor Center, the eastern entrance to the park near Lajitas. Visitors can also purchase river-use permits, licenses, and information about the Big Bend region.

Learn more about camping at Big Bend Ranch State Park. For reservations:

Before bringing your dog, please read our Policies on Dogs at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Extreme heat warning

In warm weather months, be prepared for extreme summer heat. Temperatures typically exceed 100 degrees by late morning, and can reach as high as 130 degrees in the sun. They remain at dangerous levels even after sunset. 

Carry plenty of extra water on the trails, and stay off trails in the afternoon. 

Get involved

Volunteer at the park, online, or join the Compadres del Rancho Grande.

Donate to the Compadres del Rancho Grande.

Ranger Programs

Tours: The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. There are guided tours available and self-guided tours of the fort and its exhibits on the history of the fort, as well as the natural and archaeological history of the area. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Area Attractions

Points of interest nearby include Big Bend Ranch State ParkDavis Mountains State ParkBarton Warnock Visitor CenterBig Bend National Park; Presidio; and Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico (gateway to Copper Canyon). For more information on this region go to the Texas Historical Commission - Texas Mountain Trail website.

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FM 170 E.
Presidio, TX 79845

Latitude: 29.542511

Longitude: -104.326348

(432) 229-3613

Mailing:
P.O. Box 2349
Presidio, TX 79845

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • 13 years and older: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under : Free
Hours

Open Daily


We often reach capacity; reservations are highly recommended for camping. To guarantee entrance reserve and pay for day use and camping passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.


Check current restrictions at all our parks due to COVID-19.


Office Hours for
Big Bend Ranch State Park

West entrance:
Fort Leaton State Historic Site 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily


East entrance:
Barton Warnock Visitor Center

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily


Interior:

Sauceda Ranger Station  
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily 
Closed Dec. 25.

 

Note: The Sauceda Ranger Station is 27 miles of rugged, dirt road from FM 170. This is the only way in or out of the interior of the park. Motor homes and trailers are not recommended.

Busy Season

September through April

Climate

January average low temperature is 40 degrees. July average high temperature is 105 degrees. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs mid-March. Prepare for extreme summer heat. Temperatures typically exceed 100 degrees by late morning and can reach as high as 130 degrees in the sun. They remain at dangerous levels even after sunset.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

2594 feet.

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