Fort Robinson State Park

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lodging
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Trail Rides
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Stunning Fort Robinson State Park comprises more than 22,000 acres of exquisite Pine Ridge scenery, compelling Old West history, exceptional lodging, scenic camping and the park’s own buffalo and longhorn herds. Fort Robinson is a particularly popular destination for family reunions and has been named one of the nation’s top family reunion spots by USA Today, among other publications.

As its name implies, Fort Robinson was operated as a fort from the early days of the Old West until after World War II. Many original buildings survive and remain in use at the park today, and others have been reconstructed. Fort Robinson was the site of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak and the death of famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse. Over the years, the fort served the Red Cloud Indian Agency, as a cavalry remount station, K-9 dog training center, POW camp and beef research station. It was established as a state park in 1962.

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Jeep and horse-drawn tours and stagecoach rides

Get acquainted with the lay of the land by enjoying a horse-drawn tour of the park or a Jeep tour of the surrounding buttes. Jeep and horse-drawn tours, as well as stagecoach rides, are available daily during the summer months and reservations may be made at the park.

Hiking and biking trails

Fort Robinson State Park offers 60 miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of mountain biking trails. The park offers mountain bike rental at the Activity Center.


Construction has been completed on the first phase of a $2.8 million renovation project to the ponds at Fort Robinson State Park.

Improvements to Grable ponds, which consist of North, Middle and South, include new structures such as fishing piers and ramps for launching kayaks and canoes. Many other significant changes are below the water’s surface. Workers deepened the ponds, replaced water control structures, created fish habitat features, and developed access points for anglers. In late April of 2020, the Grabel Ponds received stockings of about 2,500 10-inch rainbow and tiger trout.

Cherry Creek also has been renovated to include a fishing pier and kayak launch. Cherry Creek and Middle Grabel Pond have been stocked with smallmouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch, which are expected to reach harvestable size by 2023. The Cherry Creek diversion pond has been deepened and the outlet repaired. It contains rainbow and brook trout.

The lower Ice House pond has a new structure, a fishing pier and a kayak launch.  It contains largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch and channel catfish.

Work will soon be underway at Carter P. Johnson Lake and nearby Crazy Horse Pond as part of the second phase of the Fort Robinson Aquatic Habitat Project. Currently at Carter P. Johnson, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, rock bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout and some cutthroat trout are catchable.

In all, Fort Robinson has 10 ponds, along with fishing opportunities on coldwater streams in and near the park.

Equestrian trails

Fort Robinson is a horse rider’s paradise, offering 20 miles of trails, as well as many miles of fire service roads to ride, with more riding opportunities available nearby at the Nebraska National Forest. Additionally, Fort Robinson provides great accommodations for both horse and rider.


The indoor, Olympic-size Lindeken Pool, complete with outdoor wading pool and sun deck, is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.


The Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson attracts professional actors from across the country and has developed a reputation throughout the region as destination for quality, entertaining theater. The Playhouse features five musicals in rotation throughout the summer and offers eight shows a week during the season. Tickets and show details are available online.


Fort Robinson Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The park can also cater for group functions from mid-April to mid-November. Snacks are available at the Sutler’s Store in the Activities Center.


The Legend Buttes Golf Course is a nine-hole course is open daily beginning April 1. Phone: (308) 665-2431 for fees and tee times.


An old-fashioned rodeo is held at 8 p.m. each Thursday evening during the summer. Rodeos are free to the public.


For history buffs, the Nebraska State Historical Society operates a museum and many restored or reconstructed exhibit buildings to interpret the Fort’s history, and the University of Nebraska operates the Trailside Museum, which interprets the geology and natural history of the region.

Other activities

Fort Robinson also offers an activities center, visitor’s center, picnic shelters, tube and mountain bike rental, hayrack breakfast rides, buffalo stew and steak cookouts and more. Call the park office for more information.

Group events

Family reunions

Historic accommodations that can accommodate groups as large as 60 people under one roof, along with the vast array of activities, make Fort Robinson one of the most popular family reunion destinations in the region. Call the park office for more details on holding your family reunion at Fort Robinson State Park.

Lodging Facilities

Historic lodging

Among the more unique features of Fort Robinson State Park are the stately buildings that once served as housing for the soldiers and officers stationed at the fort. Today, these spacious, beautiful buildings have been converted to lodging for guests at the park. Stay in the 1909 enlisted men’s quarters or in the former officer’s quarters, which date from 1874 to 1909. These options sleep between two and 20 people. For those seeking space for a family reunion or other large group, Comanche Hall can sleep up to 60 people. Altogether, there are 35 different group lodging options. All options have kitchens, baths and bedrooms. Larger cabins also feature living rooms. Cabins are furnished with blankets, towels, stoves, refrigerators, silverware and cooking utensils. Lodging is available from April 1 through Nov. 30. Another historic option for overnight visitors is reserving one of the 22 rooms in the historic lodge.


Camping Information
Fort Robinson State Park offers campers Full Hookup, Electric Plus, Electric and Basic campsites within a scenic and historic backdrop of the Nebraska Pine Ridge. Red Cloud Campground offers 32 Full Hookup campsites, Soldier Creek Campground offers campers a shady campground with 14 Electric Plus, 56 Electric and 28 Basic campsites. Red Cloud and Soldier Creek campgrounds offer reservations for half of their campsites up to one year in advance of arrival. Other camping amenities include modern restrooms, showers, drinking water, dump and fill station, picnic tables and shelters are all available. There is a coin operated laundry facility for park guests located near the Mare Barn facilities.

Camping reservations are available up to one year in advance of arrival for half of the electrical campsites. All other camping is first-come, first-served. All campers should check in at the park office upon arrival. For those camping without reservations, please go to park office upon arrival to check availability and register to camp. Memorial weekend through Labor Day, the park office is open 24 hours so campers can register to camp or check-in on their camping reservation upon arrival. During the camping shoulder season, first-come, first-served walk in guests will pick a campsite and pay at the office the next day.

Equestrian Camping
For those that bring their own horse or mule to ride the scenic trails, there is a third campground near the Mare Barn Complex that offers equestrian campers Electric and Basic campsites. The Mare Barn Campground is conveniently located next to modern restrooms, the park’s coin operated laundry facility and the Mare Barn stalls. Reservations are available for the Mare Barn Campground by calling the park.


Fort Robinson offers reservations for cabins and half of the electrical campsites up to one year in advance. The remaining campsites are available first-come, first-serve. Guests can plan vacations, check for availability and make their reservations online 24 hours a day, seven days a week or can call the Nebraska State Parks reservation call center at 402-471-1414, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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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. For a complete list of park and activity fees, click the button below.


Nearby attractions

Parks and museums

  • Chadron State Park: Nebraska’s oldest state park, Chadron State Park offers cabins, camping and many activities against the backdrop of Nebraska’s beautiful Pine Ridge
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the world’s most significant Miocene Epoch mammal sites. Several fossils can be found in exhibits along some of the monument’s trails. Exhibits in the visitor center contain a few real fossils and many plastic resin replicas.
  • Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands: Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands offers a combination native ponderosa pine forest, hand-planed forest and mixed grass.
  • Pine Ridge National Recreation Area: Pine Ridge National Recreation Area provides 6,600 acres of Ponderosa pines forests, trails and primitive camping.
  • Toadstool Geologic Park: The national park showcases the unique rock formations of the area, including many shaped like toadstools.
  • Museum of the Fur Trade: The Museum of the Fur Trade is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the North American fur trade and stands on the site of James Bordeaux’s trading post which was established for the American Fur Company in 1837.

Contact Information

Address: Fort Robinson State Park | 3200 Hwy. 20 | Crawford, NE 69339-0392
Phone: (308) 665-2900

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