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This frontier Army post, which served as a hub for both the military and Wyoming’s lumber and livestock industries, is located just off I-80 at Exit 228. This frontier Army post has a fascinating history interlacing transportation with the military and the growth of the lumber and livestock industries in Wyoming. Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site is administered by the Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

A View into the Past

Today many of the foundations are visible but very few structures are intact. Fort Steele State Historic Site offers an excellent opportunity for the preservation and interpretation of Wyoming’s diverse cultural heritage. Although the number of structures has declined over the years what remains standing is living testimony to the flourishing and subsequent passing of several frontiers.

Final Fort Fred Steele Anniversary Presentation is Saturday


The eighth and final program in the Fort Fred Steele 150th Anniversary Celebration Series focuses on Tie Hacks, from 1 – 4 p.m., September 1 on the grounds of the fort.

With the construction of the transcontinental railroad, a vast number of railroad ties were needed. Cutting timber to produce railroad ties was known as “tie hacking.”

Learn about one of the most interesting and exhausting jobs you might have had in the late 1880s and early 1900s.

Cake and refreshments will be served. For more information call Steve Horn, 307-320-3013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fort Fred Steele is located at Exit 228 on I-80 east of Rawlins.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park: overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites/shelters, showerhouses, some non-essential restrooms, and playgrounds are closed until further notice.

All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including: trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, fishing access, essential restrooms, individual picnic areas/tables. Normal park fees apply; visitors are urged to use fee canisters. 

State Historic Sites are closed to the general public until further notice. 

While we encourage citizens to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining social distances, please know the Governor has also urged citizens to stay home whenever possible. This is an ever-changing situation. 




Fort Steele is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Open Memorial Day
  • Site is closes for the winter on Labor Day





 Fort Fred Steele State
 I-80, Exit 228, 1.25 miles north of rest area
 Rawlins, WY 82334

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