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The fort was well worth the stop. Very few tourists in Sept. The staff was very informative and fun... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2018
IndianaJoe4
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Mishawaka,In
Fort that defended travelers on the Santa Fe trail

Afte seeing the visitor center, there is a very good one mile loop trail (for history and nature... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
RobertW2h483MD
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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All reviews santa fe trail visitor center officers quarters labor day weekend period costume fort larned living quarters picnic area guided tours are history buff twenty years the national park service off the beaten path great place to visit blacksmith shop its heyday well worth the trip
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

The fort was well worth the stop. Very few tourists in Sept. The staff was very informative and fun to talk to. The Santa Fe trail is close by and the tuts are still visible. Special feeling of being right at the spot where so many people passed by onward to a new life.

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

Afte seeing the visitor center, there is a very good one mile loop trail (for history and nature). Ruts of the Santa Fe trail are still visible on the grounds here. As it was after Labor Day, there weren't many visitors around.

Thank RobertW2h483MD
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

The fort is over 50 miles off the main road but worth the time to go see it. It breaks up the drive across Kansas. One thing I really liked is so much of the buildings and personal items are so well preserved. The have a nice visitor center with a ranger who is very knowledgable on the history of the fort. I would recommend a visit to this remote location.

Thank Fred B
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Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Along the Santa fe trail is this sandstone fort. Typical US Army fort setup with beautiful sandstone walls. These walls have endured to passing of time witnessed by many who left their names engraved in stone. The staff is polite and nice. The grounds are beautiful. The furnishing are exquisite. I love how the exhaust pipe to the stoves that go into the rooms. Was it a more efficient way to heat the room?

Thank ki0ki
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Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Very impressive and extensive fort from the 1860s. The buildings are beautifully restored and the exhibits really bring them to life. The officers living quarters are arranged as they were for different types of occupants and tell their story - e.g. 2 single men who share rooms so one can be a bedroom and the other a drawing room, or a family of 3 that has to make due with the same space allotted a single man. The complex includes a munitions room, quartermaster store, blacksmith shop, carpentry shop, schoolroom, uniform storage and others I can't remember. Labor Day weekend also includes reinactments but unfortunately we were one day early for that. Definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area.

Thank Traveltime281
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

We took our eight year old grandson to thus site for the day. The staff were very encouraging and introduced him to the young ranger program. He really enjoyed looking and finding the items listed in the Young Ranger list. The blacksmith was a big hit.

Thank Christine G
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

The road this fort is off of was part of the Santa Fe Trail. Our boys got their first Junior Ranger badges here. The costumed volunteers were great. There are bathrooms and a cold water fountain at the back of an air conditioned Visitors Center that is being renovated, all the way across the parade grounds from the first building. We all learned a lot looking for answers for their booklets. There is fairly much walking, but it is all flat. It was good exercise and a good break from a long trip. There are covered picnic tables out by the entrance. .

Thank molly30087
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

This was our second visit to Fort Larned, and we enjoyed the visit just as much the second time around. They are redoing the Visitor Center, but that does not impact visiting the property at all. The fort is in great shape and is staffed very well. This visit one of the rangers was working in the blacksmith shop and made a hook for one of my kids. We all enjoyed watching him craft it, and he gave us so much interesting info about the fort and its purposes. Last time, a ranger was in the barracks and allowed the kids to try on various uniforms. The national park service does a wonderful job preserving these various aspects of American history.

Thank ThoughtsFromAPage
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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

I wasn't expecting such a great place to visit and learn so much about history of the West. The fort is well cared for and filled with alot to see and do. I enjoyed learning about their Heritage garden along with fact filled visitor center.

Thank Paradise248289
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

This unit of the NPS has been preserved very well and a great place to visit. The walking trail is easy even for people who have difficulty. Film gives a wonderful overview of the hist of the fort and also the Santa Fe Trail.

Thank Barbara S
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