Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Apacheria
Fort Leaton State Historical Park, consisting of 23.4 acres, five of which are the site of a pioneer trading post, is located in Presidio County. The park was acquired December 8, 1967, by deed from a private owner and was opened to the public in 1978.
In 1848, Ben Leaton built a fortified adobe trading post known as Fort Leaton. He dominated border trade with the Apache and Comanche Indians before he died in 1851. In 1936, the Texas Centennial Commission placed a marker at the site.
The park is day-use only and offers picnicking areas, guided tours, plus exhibits on the history from 15th century, natural history, and archaeological history of the area. The site serves for historical study activities.
There are guided tours; fees apply.
Facilities include historic ruins, restored rooms, interpretive exhibits with an audio-visual program, restrooms, shaded picnic facilities, a .5-mile interpretive trail, and a Texas State Park Store. Fort Leaton serves as the Western Visitor Center for Big Bend Ranch State Park.
The park is located 4 miles southeast of Presidio
on the River Road to the Big Bend (FM 170), one of the most scenic highway
routes in the southest.