(307) 837-2221 Email:FOLA_Superintendent@nps.gov Fax: (307) 837-2120 Write to: HC 72, Box 389, Fort Laramie, WY 82212
Operating Hours, Seasons
The Fort grounds are open from 8:00 am until dusk every day of the year. The Fort museum and Visitor Center is open daily at 8:00 am with extended hours during the Summer, May 26 through September 30.
Park entrance, grounds and visitor center accessible. Many historic structures are partially accessible.
Walking tours of grounds, features and historic buildings. Mobility assistance available. Contact visitor center. Take a Virtual Tour!
Fees/Permits Entrance Fee: $3.00 for 7 Days; $15.00 for Annual; Visitors 16 and under are free.
Fort Laramie Visitor Center: Open All Year 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 8 a.m.7 p.m. 837-2221
Closures: Visitors Center closed annually on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days, but park grounds remain open.
Available Facilities: Includes visitor orientation, auditorium, museum and exhibits, as well as the Fort Laramie Historical Association Bookstore.
Fort Laramiethe Crossroads of a Nation Moving West. This unique historic place preserves and interprets one of America’s most important locations in the history of westward expansion and Indian resistance.
In 1834, where the Cheyenne and Arapaho travelled, traded and hunted, a fur trading post was created. Soon to be known as Fort Laramie, it rested at a location that would quickly prove to be the path of least resistance across a continent. By the 1840s, wagon trains rested and resupplied here, bound for Oregon, California and Utah.
In 1849 as the Gold Rush of California drew more westward, Fort Laramie became a military post, and for the next 41 years, would shape major events as the struggle between two cultures for domination of the northern plains increased into conflict. In 1876, Fort Laramie served as an anchor for military operations, communication, supply and logistics during the “Great Sioux War.”
Fort Laramie closed, along with the frontier it helped shape and influence in 1890. Its legacy is one of peace and war, of cooperation and conflict; a place where the west we know today was forged.