Fort Leaton State Historic Site, located just east of Presidio on the River Road, Hwy 170 is worth a stop to learn about the archaeology, history and natural history of the Rio Grande area. Tour the beautiful adobe structure, view the exhibits, take a few moments to take shelter from the sun, as early travelers did. This was a fortified trading post in the turbulent 1880s, yet key historical dates for the site reach back to 1848.
Download the interpretive guide for the site, here.
Dowload the self-guided tour booklet for the site, here.
Fort Leaton also serves as a park office and welcoming center for Big Bend Ranch State Park. Permits for backpacking and camping (no hookups) at Big Bend Ranch State Park can be obtained at Fort Leaton or the Barton Warnock Visitor Center,
on the eastern edge of the park near Lajitas. Visitors can also
purchase river-use permits, licenses, and information about the Big