Fort Lancaster State Historic Site is off I-10 exit 343, then 8 mi. w. on US 290 to 629 Fort Lancaster Rd. Established in 1855, the fort was a defense post against Native American attacks along the San Antonio-El Paso Road. The installation grew to 25 buildings before it was abandoned at the onset of the Civil War. Confederate soldiers served at the fort during the Civil War while Buffalo soldiers served after the war. The Visitor's Center features artifacts, maps and exhibits about the site's history, natural history and archeology. At the Camel Corps display visitors learn about camels and can climb on a life-size camel replica. Of interest is the exhibit detailing the fort’s history. The 82-acre park includes an interpretive trail and picnic facilities.
Note: The self-guiding tour covers 1.5 miles of outdoor trails; comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Golf carts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.