Fort Leaton serves as the Western Visitor Center for 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, on the eastern edge of the park near Lajitas. Visitors can also purchase river-use permits, licenses, and information about the Big Bend region.The park 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 park offers a variety of educational opportunities. There are guided tours available and self-guided tours of the Fort and its exhibits on the history of the Fort, as well as the natural and archaeological history of the area.Points of interest nearby include Big Bend Ranch State Park, Davis Mountains State Park; Barton Warnock Visitor Center; Big Bend National Park; and Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico (gateway to Copper Canyon).