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Nebraska’s state parks are treasured destinations for outdoor recreation and have been for nearly 100 years. In order to keep your Nebraska state parks fun and safe for all, the Commission has adjusted park permit fees. Different rates will now be charged to vehicles licensed inside and outside of Nebraska. Annual park permits are now $30 for vehicles licensed in Nebraska and $45 for vehicles licensed in other states. Daily park permits are $6 for vehicles licensed in Nebraska and $8 for vehicles licensed in other states. Thank you for your ongoing support of your beautiful Nebraska state parks!
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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.Make a Reservation
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.
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.
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.
Fort Robinson also offers an activities center, visitor’s center, picnic shelters, kayak, tube and mountain bike rental, hayrack breakfast rides, buffalo stew and steak cookouts and more. Call the park office for more information.
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.
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.
Fort Robinson campground offers group camping with equestrian facilities. The campground is open year round with electricity. Showers and water will be shut down during the winter months. Horses must stay in a stall in the barn and can be reserved when reserving your camping and/or lodging accommodations. Please contact the park directly for assistance.
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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- 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.
Address: Fort Robinson State Park | 3200 Hwy. 20 | Crawford, NE 69339-0392
Phone: (308) 665-2900
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