Due to COVID-19 access restrictions, Fort Leavenworth is only open to visitors with legitimate business on the installation. We are not open to sight-seeing or unescorted visits to resident's homes. Anyone coming to our Visitor Control Center without a valid reason will be denied an access pass.
Visitors are always welcome to the “Best Hometown in the Army”
Visitor and commercial vehicles:
If you do not have an ID card listed on the Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID cards website, you must stop by the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and 4th Street. Follow directional signs to the center's parking lot. View the Gate Information page.
Fort Leavenworth is considered a national treasure with historic sites and homes, a world-class museum, the nation's premiere Buffalo Soldier monument, breathtaking views overlooking the Missouri River, scenic picnic areas, parks and a challenging, rolling, 18-hole golf course. Many recreational facilities are open to the public. View the Family & MWR website.
You can also do a self guided tour here on post:
View the Wayside Tour Pamphlet.
Scattered across the Garrison area are pedestals and displays, which are part of the Historical Fort Leavenworth Wayside Tour. There are artist’s interpretations
depicting history of that particular part of the post on top of the pedestals along with audio describing those tops.
View the Buffalo Soldiers Pamphlet.
The Buffalo Soldiers played a significant role in the settlement of the American West and especially in the history of Fort Leavenworth.
View the Mormon Battalion Pamphlet.
The Mormon Battalion is the only U.S. Army unit named for its religion, according to author Sherman Fleek. The Battalion was recruited by Captain James Allen from Fort Leavenworth in 1846 as directed by Pres. James K. Polk. The recruits began their 2000-mile march from Kanesville, Iowa Territory (now Council Bluffs) and were outfitted here.
After visiting our historical post, check out the local communities that are nearby (cities are listed alphabetically):
Bonner Springs. Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City, Missouri
Leavenworth, Kansas | Convention and Visitors Bureau
Platte City, Missouri
St. Joseph, Missouri