Fort Riley Attractions for visitors
Historic Main Post Tour: Visitors are welcome to tour the Fort Riley main post. The Cavalry Museum has self guided walking and driving tour pamphlets. Guided driving tours can be arranged on request.

Custer House: The only remaining set of officers quarters from the fort's construction in the mid 1850s. Furnishings date from the 1870s and 1880s. Period rooms include a front parlor, dining room, kitchen, servant's room, family room and upstairs bedrooms. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Saturdays (10 AM - 4 PM) and Sundays (1 - 4 PM). Docents are available for group tours by submitting an official request. Free Photo below

United States Cavalry Museum & Vehicle display: Open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM. - 4:30 PM and Sunday from noon - 4:30 PM. (785) 239-2737. Free Photo on preceding page

Fort Riley 1st Infantry Division Museum  tells the story of the
First from its beginning in 1917 through the present day. Open Monday through Saturday. from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from noon to 4 PM. (785) 239-2737. Free

Custer Hill is the main troop area on Fort Riley. It is where the post's soldiers live and work. It includes barracks, motor pools and military offices. Self guided driving tours are available in unrestricted areas at your leisure. The hill is closed Monday - Friday from 6:20-7:30 AM for physical training.

First Territorial Capitol of Kansas: The place where the first territorial legislature convened for 5 days in July 1855. In 1928, the building was rebuilt from its ruins by the Union Pacific Railroad. Open 1 - 5 PM Friday through Sunday from March - November. Free Group tours may be arranged at (785) 784-5535. Photo Below

Stable Tour: The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard Stable is housed in the last cavalry training stable building with the original cobblestone floor. Built in 1889, it originally housed 76 horses. Today, the building is home to the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard and is staffed by an officer and special duty soldiers from units assigned to Fort Riley. It houses 20 horses. Open from 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Tours are available by submitting a formal request. 

Close Combat Tactical Trainer: The CCTT provides digital training for tank and mechanized infantry units. It consists of numerous simulators. The interior of each is identical to the actual vehicles they simulate. Groups are welcome to request a tour of the CCTT and engage in the simulator, when it is not being used by soldiers training.

Flight Simulator Center: Groups are welcome to request a tour of the Flight Center and engage in the simulator, when it is not being used by soldiers training.

Engagement Skills Trainer: Fort Riley's Engagement Skills Trainer provides simulated small arms marksmanship training, using a variety of weapons, including the M-16. It displays targets, terrain and weapon effects in a real time, 3 dimensional presentation. Groups are welcome to request a tour of the EST and engage in the simulator, when it is not being used by soldiers training. Approximate time to tour the EST is 45 minutes. Due to its realistic combat simulation, it is not recommended for children under the age of 11. 

More info on visiting Fort Riley is available from the Community Relations Office at 785-239-3033 or 785-239-2022. Call to confirm museum hours.
 


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Custer House museum at Fort Riley
Custer House (1855)

Custer House interior
interior of Custer House

The Fort Riley museums provide directions for a walking tour of the immediate area, and a 10 mile driving tour. While on the driving tour, stop to visit the building in Pawnee, Kansas that served briefly as the first capitol of the Kansas Territory. There is a quiet, rarely used nature trail that starts out from behind the restored capitol building that goes along the Kansas River. The building is open weekends and admission is free.

First Territorial Capital of Kansas
First Territorial Capital of Kansas (1855) - managed by the Kansas State Historical Society.

First Territorial Capital of Kansas meeting room
2nd floor of the Territorial Capital


Kansas River from nature trail behind first Territorial Capital

Fort Riley National Cemetery
Fort Riley Cemetery - the first recorded burial was in August, 1854

All of these things are free, most are open year around and Fort Riley has an entrance right off Interstate I-70 at exit 301


I-70 gate to Fort Riley at Exit 301 - visitors pull into the area on the right to get a pass to enter the base

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