Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

Banner, Wyoming

Ten years prior to the epic Battle of the Little Bighorn ("Custer's Last Stand"), Fort Phil Kearny faced a surprise attack by Arapaho, Cheyenne and Lakota warriors that devastated the fort and left survivors to bury 81 men in the brutally frigid temperatures of December 1866. 

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site's interpretive center narrates this dramatic story and others that illustrate Native and soldier life, engagements, and terrain at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains. Encompassing over 1,000 acres and three major interpretive locations, visitors will be amazed by the site's rich history, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking views across what the Lakota people called "The Picnic Basket" for its wealth of restorative offerings.  



  • May through September - 8 am to 6 pm daily
  • October - 12 pm to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday
  • CLOSED November through April


  • $4 for adults 18 and over
  • $2 discount for Wyoming residents
  • ​FREE for children aged 17 and under
  • Entire site is a fee area

Directions & Parking

FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 44 (Piney Creek); turn onto Highway 193/Highway 87; continue north; at junction near Fetterman HIll, continue west on Highway 193; just after the bridge, turn left (south) onto Kearny Lane; turn right (west) onto Wagon Box Road.

Fort entrance and parking are on the left.