Big Bend
Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Fort Leaton SHS Eastern Big Bend Ranch State Park Western Visitor Center:
The 23.4 acre Fort Leaton site was acquired in 1967 from a private owner; it opened to the public in 1978.
In 1848, Ben Leaton built a fortified adobe trading post which he named Fort Leaton. He became the dominant border trader with the Apache and Comanche Indians. 5 acres of Fort Leaton are dedicated to the trading post. For more fort history information read Texas Forts History. Park amenities include historic ruins, restored rooms, interpretive exhibits with an audio-visual program, restrooms, shaded picnic tables, a 0.5 mile interpretive trail, and a park store. The Fort serves as the Western Visitor Center for Big Bend Ranch State Park, and hosts events throughout the year. This day use only park offers picnicking, guided tours, natural history and archaeological exhibits, and exhibits on the area history from the 15th century to present day. Read the Fort Leaton SHS Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure.  The visitor center sells backpacking and camping equipment, and Rio Grande River permits for the Big Bend Ranch State Park. For more information read the Fort Leaton SHS Brochure. Open daily from 8am-4:30pm; closed Christmas Day. (432) 229-3613. Fort Leaton is located 4 miles southeast of Presidio on the River Road (FM 170) to Big Bend.   
Birding - Far West Texas Birding Wildlife Trail:
Big Bend Loop:   Terlingua, Lajitas, Presidio, Study Butte, Big Bend Ranch SP, Big Bend National Park
Upper Rio Grande Loop:   Ruidosa, Presidio
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Bird Checklist for West Texas Trans-Pecos
Big Bend Ranch State Park Bird Checklist
Big Bend National Park Bird Checklist
Fort Leaton State Historic Site Directions: 
Fort Leaton is located on the River Road (FM 170) to Big Bend, 4 miles southeast of Presidio, Texas.