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Fort Robinson State Park


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Western Nebraska's premier state park, Fort Robinson, west of Crawford, has it all -- with more than 22,000 acres of exquisite Pine Ridge scenery, compelling old west history, exceptional lodging, loads of fun-time activities, scenic camping and the park's own buffalo and longhorn herds.

This historic outpost served from the days of the Indian Wars until after World War II. This 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.

The State Historical Society operates a museum and many restored or reconstructed exhibit buildings to interpret the Fort's history.

Visit the new exhibit The Clash of the Mammoths at the Trailside Museum of Natural History. A fossil find unlike any other in the world! The University of Nebraska operates the Trailside Museum which interprets the geology and natural history of the region.


There are many ways to spend a day at the fort. First on the agenda should be a ride on the horse drawn tour to get acquainted with this unique park. Enjoy a refreshing Pine Ridge morning on horseback, an open-air Jeep ride among the buttes, or one of the popular nature tours aboard the Fort Robinson Express. When the day warms up, head for the indoor Lindeken Pool, complete with outdoor wading pool and sun deck.

Fort Robinson Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during the summer season. 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 Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary Season. To view a performance schedule and purchase tickets, please click here.

Overnight Accommodations

Camping Facilities:
100 camping pads with electrical hookups*
25 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30/50-amp. 1-year advance reservable campsites
Lodging Facilities:
35 cabins that may be reserved.
22 lodge rooms

Fort Robinson State Park's shady campground offers electrical hookup sites plus primitive sites. Conveniently located are modern restrooms, showers, water, dump station, picnic tables and shelters. Fort Robinson offers a nice campground for the horse lovers. Put your horse up for the night in one of the newly remodeled horse barns. With many miles of trails to ride through the beautiful Pine Ridge, this makes a great place to camp and enjoy the outdoors. 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.

All campers must register. Reservations are accepted for cabins, lodgerooms, horse stalls and campsites. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping at Red Cloud and Soldier Creek campgrounds. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day. Year to date reservations begin at 9 .m. CT, and 8 a.m. MT by phone, in person or over the Internet.

Fort Robinson State Park visitors can choose lodging from rooms in the 1909 enlisted men's quarters or "cabins" ranging from sleep 2 to 20 in the former officers quarters that date from 1874 to 1909. All cabins 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 mid-April through mid-November.

Lodge rooms have double or twin bed rooms; Cabins & Adobes sleep 6 to 12 people; Brick officers Quarters sleep 14 to 20 people; Comanche Hall can handle family reunions as it sleeps up to 60 people and has a complete kitchen. Housekeeping cabins are supplied with linens, basic cooking utensils, dishes and silverware. You may also reserve a picnic shelter for your group or family reunion. Group and meeting facilities include Dodd Hall, Buffalo Soldier Barracks, the Mare Barn Annex and Buffalo Barracks Squad. Dodd Hall and the Buffalo Soldier Barracks can seat up to 200 people and the mare Barn Annex seats up to 125 people. Buffalo Barracks Squad Meeting Room seats 120 people and includes a small kitchen. Don't forget to ask about having the Fort Robinson Restaurant cater your next group or meeting event.

Facility Details

Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: Yes

Lodging: Yes

Cabins: 35
Rooms: 22
Dorms: 0
Food Service: Yes

Trails: Yes

Hiking: 60 miles
Mtn. Bike: 20 miles
Horse: 20 miles
Trail Rides: Yes
Allow Horses: Fort Robinson is a horse lover's paradise with some 22,000 acres with many miles of trails and fire service roads to ride. Horses can be boarded in the barn at Fort Robinson for a few dollars a night. You will need to bring your own feed and hay.

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 154
Grills: 127
Shelters: 1
Shelters w/ elec.: 1

Boating: Yes

Types: Electric motor, non-powered
Ramps: 0
Docks: 0
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: Yes

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 1
Beaches: 0

Concessions: Yes

Sutler Store offers snack items open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily Memorial Day - Labor Day.

Visitor Center: Yes

Fort Robinson Lodge Park Office
Open 24 hours Memorial Day - Labor Day. Lodging and camping registration, gifts, lobby, restaurant
Nature Center
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Memorial Day - Labor Day. Park wildlife displays, hiking trail information, park souvenirs.
Activities Center
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily Memorial Day - Labor Day. Crafts center, old-time photo booth, nature center, bicycle rental.
Trailside Museum (University of Nebraska)
Area natural and geologic historic displays.
Fort Robinson Learning Center and Landmark Store (State Historical Society)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday in the summer months.

Office on Site: Yes

Fort Robinson Lodge Park Office
Open 24 hours Memorial Day - Labor Day.
Lodging and camping registration, gifts, lobby, restaurant.

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