Fort Cavazos

Like everything in Texas, Fort Cavazos is big. And when we say big, we mean the largest (and most populated) U.S. military installation in the world. Formerly known as Fort Hood, is the Army's Premier Installation to train and deploy heavy forces. A 214,968 acre installation, Fort Cavazos is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two Armored Divisions.

This installation rests in the beautiful 'hill and lake' country of Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove and is approximately 60 miles north of the capital city of Austin, 50 miles south of Waco, 160 miles south of Dallas and 150 miles north of San Antonio.

For everyone who enjoys the outdoors, the Great Place is the ideal location, because of warm winters and hot summers. The nearby lakes, Belton and Stillhouse, offer year-round outdoor recreation activities. The peaceful, idyllic scenery of Texas lures many military families back for retirement. The weather can be warm during the winter months and downright sweltering in the summer. There is no shortage of outdoor adventures around Fort Cavazos, like hiking, swimming, horseback riding, biking, and camping. The surrounding communities provide all the name-brand shopping you’re used to and arguably the best grocery store ever, H-E-B! Or, so we hear.

Visiting Fort Cavazos

Access to Fort Cavazos is restricted to those who have an acceptable purpose, or reason to enter the installation. In order to enter, all occupants 18 years or older must have a valid identification. DoD affiliated or Federal Government ID card holders may enter Fort Cavazos using any lane at any ACP.

All visitor’s and Non-DoD card holders must visit the Marvin Leath Visitor Welcome Center located on T.J. Mills Blvd, or the North Fort Hood Visitor Center located on Highway 36 across from the North Fort Hood Access Control Point.

Entry requirements for all Visitors, and Non- DoD card holders requesting unescorted Installation access:

  • Proceed to one of the Visitor Welcome Centers
  • Have a valid purpose for entering the installation; (Attend Meeting, visit Museum, Job interview, etc.)
  • Provide the destination, name of facility, building number, street address, or unit name/designation
  • Present valid U.S. driver's license, State ID, or passport
  • Present valid vehicle registration (If operating a vehicle)
  • Present valid proof of vehicle insurance (If operating a vehicle)
  • Consent to, and undergo an initial criminal history check, and periodic background screenings
  • Provide fingerprints, Social Security Number and take a photo in order to register in the AIE system Upon satisfying the above criteria and vetting requirements, an Installation access pass or card will be issued to the visitor.
    Foreign visitor Access - (any person other than a US citizen) must have an acceptable purpose to enter the installation, and must be sponsored and escorted by a DoD ID Card holder. Escorts must be provided by the organization, or individual responsible for sponsoring, or otherwise associated with the individual’s visit, and must remain within reasonable visual contact of the individual(s) they are escorting.