PWTM: Fort Riley, KS

One of the most challenging aspects of the military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS. Or, if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming.

We here at Army Wife Network want to take some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our POST WITH THE MOST SERIES. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to Fort Riley, KS.

 (If you have additional tips, information, connections, or personal testimonials about this military location, feel free to leave a comment below to help out your fellow military spouse. Thanks!)


Fort Riley, “Home of the Big Red One,” is known for its excellent training, abundant recreational opportunities, rich history, and tremendous relations with surrounding communities. In the 1800s and into the early 1900s, Fort Riley was home to the famous “Buffalo Soldiers.”

Located in North Central Kansas on the Kansas River (also known as the Kaw), Fort Riley is between Junction City and Manhattan.


Fort Riley is home to the following units:

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Weather: The warm season lasts from May 27 to September 6 with an average daily high temperature above 81. The cold season lasts from November 26 to February 24 with an average daily high temperature below 49. The summers are hot, muggy, and wet; the winters are cold, dry, and windy; it is partly cloudy year-round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21-93 degrees. The weather can change at a drop of a hat, so keep a look out for rapid changes of weather.

Time Zone: Central Time Zone.


To access the post website, click here.

Map of the Area

Historical Facts/Landmarks: You can read all about the history of Fort Riley here. Museums operating on the installation include The US Cavalry Museum, The 1st Infantry Division Museum and The Custer House.


On-post housing is managed by Corvias.    

Major realty/rental companies in the area:


School Liaison Officer

School District: Geary County Schools USD 475

On-Post Schools

Off-Post Schools



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  • West Loop Shopping Center in Manhattan
  • Manhattan Marketplace in Manhattan
  • Aggieville in Manhattan, the oldest shopping center in Kansas


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There is also a variety of fast-food or chain restaurants in and near Fort Riley including Subway, Wing Zone, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Denny’s, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Pizza Ranch, Panera Bread, Pizza Shuttle, Arby’s, IHOP, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Freddy’s, Popeye’s chicken, Mr. Goodcents, Cold Stone Creamery, Five Guys, Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, Papa Murphy’s, KFC, Caribou Coffee, Starbucks, and more!







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Additional Spouse Comments & Testimonials:

“Fort Riley has become one of my favorite places to live. They have great on-post housing with two towns right outside the gates: Junction City and Manhattan. There is always something going on, whether it’s on post or in town. The MWR here is amazing, with something planned almost every day or with the info to local events. There are plenty of nice schools in the area, hunting and fishing both on and off post, and if I want to fly home, I have two airports to choose from.” — Erica G.

“Fort Riley is a diamond-in-the-rough type post. It doesn’t come with built-in glitz and glamor that other places might. Once you get here, there’s a lot to do for almost everyone unless you can’t live without the beach or the mountains. Surrounding Fort Riley is beautiful country, outdoor activities, history, travel, hunting, fishing, shopping, arts, science, and museums. The list goes on. The key is getting off post!” — Mindy K.

“Fort Riley is what you make of it. The soldiers train and deploy a lot, but everyone here takes care of each other. Get outside and explore the local lakes, rivers, and trails, and go to local festivals, join chapel groups or the Spouses’ Club. Post housing is really nice, but the best schools are in Chapman, to the west, and Manhattan, to the east. Riley is a quiet, family friendly post, but there is a great BOSS program for single soldiers, too. Barton College, on post, offers free and inexpensive college options. The people here are so nice. Kansas — it’s not that bad.” — Erin K.

 “I might be a bit biased, but I loved Fort Riley! Sure, that’s where I met my husband, and yes, I am a Kansas girl, born and raised. But seriously, the Fort Riley area (and really all of the Flint Hills) is a beautiful area. There’s a lot to do, both indoors and out, especially if you get connected with Kansas State University. They have Open House, Rodeos, Homecoming events and, of course, football games. It’s a nice change of pace if you need a break from the military-only experience. But the blend of events, people, and experiences is something I will never forget.” — Sharita K.


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