The Fort Phil Kearny staff in the Interpretive Center and Gift Shop will introduce visitors to the context of the Indian Wars and Bozeman Trail and can guide them through a viewing of the Fort diorama that depicts, to scale, the complete fort as it would have looked in the fall of 1866. Visitors can then enter the original site, through reconstructed stockade walls, and experience the expansive grounds of the largest stockaded fort in the west. Corner posts and signs inform visitors where original buildings stood, and stockade sections demonstrate exactly how the wall was built to protect soldiers, civilians (including families), and supplies from Native American warriors, as well as large populations of hungry timberwolves.
Throughout the fort grounds, interpretation invites visitors to understand fort life, the colorful characters that resided therein, and appreciate the contrast of a busy fort operation in such an isolated location.
Pets are welcome on site grounds! Please keep all pets on a leash at all times and pick up after them. No pets are allowed inside the Interpretive Center building.
The state also manages the Fetterman and Wagon Box battle sites, which are both free areas, open sunrise to sunset seasonally.
Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center
Fee $4.00 for Wyoming residents and $8.00 for non-residents.
Children under 18 free yer round.
Bus Fee $5.00 per person non-resident year round. (WY resident fees apply)
The Interpretive Center will be open:
May 1st- May 31st: Daily Noon-4pm
June 1st - Sept. 30th: Daily 8am-6pm
Oct. 1st - Oct. 31st Open Noon-4:00pm Wed- Sun
Nov. 1st - April 30th closed and open by appointment
At Fort Phil Kearny, every visitor receives personal attention from knowledgeable staff. Visitors may choose to explore at their own pace, view the 12-minute video, or receive a short narration about the fort diorama, or Fetterman map from a staff person.
The state also manages the Fetterman and Wagon Box battle sites, which are both free areas, open seasonally from sunrise to sunset.
The Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association Gift Shop offers the best selection on site-related literature. Staff people are prepared to recommend titles and provide guidance for historians, amateur historians, and the casually interested!