Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site

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Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site


(307) 320-3013

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Fort Fred Steele was established on June 20, 1868 and occupied until August 7, 1886 by soldiers who were sent by the U.S. Government to guard against attack from Indians. The construction of the Trans Continental Union Pacific Railroad across southern Wyoming 1867-1869, in turn, brought the cattlement, sheepherders, loggers, tie hacks, miners and merchants who changed the wasteland into Wyoming Territory. Colonel Richard I. Dodge, who selected this site on the west bank of the North Platte River, named the fort for Major General Frederick Steele, 20th U.S. Infantry, a Civil War hero.

Many of the remaining foundations are visible but very few structures are intact. Fort Steele Historic Site offers visitors an exciting opportunity to experience Wyoming's diverse past. Many of the structures have disappeared, but what still remains offers visitors a taste of the passing of several frontiers here. No camping is allowed, nor is the use of metal detectors. Keep vehicles on the existing road.

Map of Fort Fred Steele (WY)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.780919, -106.939256



  • Camping

    No camping is allowed.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed at the river access.

  • Historic Sites

    Come visit the site of America's first transcontinental highway, as well as a site rich with Civil War history.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed.


Site grounds open year round, weather permitting. Grounds closed September 16 - April 30.



12 miles east of Rawlins, Wyoming and 1.25 miles north of Ft. Steele Rest Area just off of Interstate 80.

Phone Numbers


(307) 320-3013