Fort Leaton is day use only and offers picnicking areas, guided tours, plus exhibits on the history from 15th century, natural history, and archaeological history of the area. The site serves for historical study activities.
The fort is the western entrance to Big Bend Ranch State Park. Permits for backpacking and camping (no hookups) at Big Bend Ranch State Park can be obtained at Fort Leaton or the Barton Warnock Visitor Center, the eastern entrance to the park near Lajitas. Visitors can also purchase river-use permits, licenses, and information about the Big Bend region.