Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area offers camping and hiking right next door to the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, which makes it easy to tour the ranch house and barn that Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody built for his home in North Platte during the heyday of his famous Wild West Show. Cody owned some 4,000 acres here, which were appropriately named Scout’s Rest Ranch. Guests are encouraged to spend time enjoying the trails and scenery at the recreation area, as well as touring the historic buildings and soaking up the history at the historical park.



The park offers five miles of hiking trails.


The park’s placement along the scenic Platte River make is a peaceful, pretty spot for picnicking or grilling out. The park offers one picnic shelter with a grill and four tables. There are eight tent camping areas with grills and tables that can be used as day-use areas.


Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area has great fishing via access to the North Platte River. Largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, common carp and Northern pike can be caught here.

For more information on fishing opportunities here and at parks across the state, visit the interactive public fishing areas map. This map provides detailed information on available species, regulations, public boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and ADA-accessible boat ramps and docks, among other features in reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers statewide. Lake contour maps are available for some lakes, as well.

Other park activities

During the summer months, the park offers guests horseback trail rides and float trips down the North Platte River. Rentals of kayaks, canoes, tubes and tanks are available. In addition, the park offers guided horseback rides and a petting zoo. For more information on these activities, call the park at 308-530-0048.


Modern camping

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area offers 23 camping pads with 50-amp hookups. Of these, 18 sites have 30-amp hookups and five sites have 50-amp hookups. Vault toilets are available. There are water hydrants scattered throughout the campground.

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Primitive camping

The area offers eight non-pad sites without electricity.

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A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.


Nearby attractions

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

Adjacent to Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area, this park recaptures the life and career of the famed Pony Express rider, Army scout and buffalo-hunter-turned-showman. Visitors can tour Buffalo Bill’s house and barn and see a wealth of historical artifacts from a rich and unique life.

Golden Spike Tower

The Golden Spike Tower in nearby North Platte offers the world’s best view of the world’s largest railyard.

Lincoln County Historical Museum

Located in North Platte, the Lincoln County Historical Museum features historical buildings from throughout the county, a display about the famous North Platte Canteen and other exhibits on the history and culture of Western Nebraska.

North Platte

Dining, fuel, groceries and lodging are available in nearby North Platte.

Contact Information

Address: Buffalo Bill Ranch SRA | 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd | North Platte, NE 69101-8444
Phone: (308) 535-8035

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