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Fort Robinson SP, NE

Photo: Fort Robinson SP
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Apr 16 2015   Later Dates


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.

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, or an open-air Jeep ride among the buttes. When the day warms up, head for the indoor, olympic size, Lindeken Pool, complete with outdoor wading pool and sun deck. Outdoor evening steak cookouts, morning hayrack breakfasts cooked outside among the buttes are just a few of the fun activities that Fort Robinson provides it's guests.

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.

Campground Notes
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 a shelter. 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.

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, living rooms and bedrooms. Several sleep 6 and all larger units have living rooms. Cabins are full housekeeping units furnished with blankets, towels, stoves, refrigerators, silverware and cooking utensils.

You may also reserve a picnic shelter for your group or family reunion. Group and meeting facilities include Dodd Hall, Buffalo Soldier Barracks and the Mare Barn Annex. Dodd Hall and the Buffalo Soldier Barracks can seat up to 200 people and the mare Barn Annex seats up to 150 people. Don't forget asking about having the Fort Robinson Restaurant cater your next group or meeting event.

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.

The town of Chadron and Chadron State Park is less than 30 miles away. Guests can enjoy the sites and activities at both park locations.

Visit the U.S. Forest Service, Toadstool Park, which is approximately 20 miles from Fort Robinson State Park. Toadstool Park is in a region of badlands formed on the flank of the Pine Ridge Escarpment near Crawford, NE. The landscapes offer stunning vistas of rugged badlands and the vast plains of North America's interior. Or approximately 20 miles away guests can visit the Hudson-Meng Museum & Archaeology Research Center, which is the world's largest Alberta Culture Bison Kill Site and museum.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Admin Service, Copying/Faxing
  • Area Attraction
  • Bath House
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Equestrian Group
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Catering
  • Chuck Wagon Cookouts
  • Comfort Station
  • Corrals, Horse
  • Crawfishing
  • Cultural Sites, Exhibits
  • Dining
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Station
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing, PARK LAKE
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Grills
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Handicap Access
  • Hayrack Breakfast
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Historic Tour
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horse Stall
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Jeep Rides
  • Jogging/Running
  • Laundry
  • Lifegaurds (Seasonal)
  • Lodging Cabins
  • Lodging, Group Facilities
  • Maintainence, HouseKeeping
  • Meeting Hall
  • Museum
  • Nature Center
  • Newspapers
  • Nurses Quarters
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Pier, Fishing
  • Playground
  • Recreation Programs
  • Rent Fishing Equipment
  • Rental - Boat, Kayaks
  • Rentals, Bicycles
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • River/Stream
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Stagecoach Rides
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails - Hiking, Difficult
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Antiquing
  • Ball Field
  • Golfing
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
Within 10 Miles
  • Church
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Grocery Store
  • Propane
  • Retail , Bait & Tackle
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Archeological Sites
  • Car Rentals
  • Geological Formations
  • Hospital
  • Maintenance,Vehicle
  • Retail,Supplies
Alerts and Important Information

Food Service Details
Fort Robinson Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial Day - 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.

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.

Concessions List
Sutler Store offers snack items open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily Memorial Day - Labor Day.

Office Details
Fort Robinson Lodge Park Office is open 24 hours a day Memorial Day - Labor Day. Lodging and camping registration, gifts, lobby, restaurant.

Visit Details
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.
9 am - 6 pm Memorial Day - Labor Day 10:00 am - 5:00 pm April. May, Sept. and October

Fort Robinson Museum (State Historical Society)
Summer Hours:8 a.m. - 5 p.m Dailybr>

Getting There:

3 miles West of Crawford on U.S. Highway 20.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Fort Robinson SP
P.O. Box 392
Crawford NE 69339-0392

Phone Number:

Information: (308)665-2900

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Bring that special woman in your life out to Fort Robinson's restaurant for an enjoyable Mother's Day Buffet from 10:30a.m. - 2:00p.m. Mothers and grandmother are half price. The restaurant will not be taking reservations. on May 12 2013
  • There will be free jeep rides, free hayrack tours and museums open from 9a.m. - 4p.m. The fishing derby will be held at Carter P Johnson Lake from 9a.m. -12p.m. for children 12 years and younger. A BBQ lunch will be served from 12:00p.m.- 1:30p.m on May 18 2013
  • The Friends of the Intertribal Gathering, a local American Indian Pow Wow held at Fort Robinson State Park, is an annual event designed to celebrate and promote cultural awareness in northwestern Nebraska. Participants observe and display traditional Native American music, dance, crafts, and other traditions. The gathering focuses on American Indian heritage and artistic performances including drumming, singing, storytelling, and dance. from Jun 07 2013 to Jun 09 2013
  • Enjoy touring through the buildings, maybe take in a jeep ride, finish the day at the restaurant for a buffet meal. on Jun 16 2013
  • Located in the Old Vets Hospital and hosts numerous artists from around the United States. from Jul 02 2013 to Jul 04 2013
  • After enjoying the morning 4th of July parade in Crawford, come enjoy a noon BBQ or enjoy the buffet in the Fort Robinson Restaurant on Jul 04 2013
  • The Fort Robinson Annual Historical Christmas Dinner tickets go on sale today beginning at 8a.m MT time. Do not wait. These tickets sell fast. Call Fort Robinson State park for your tickets at 8a.m. MT time. This year's Historical Christmas Dinner is being held on December 7, 2013. No tickets will be sold at the door. on Nov 04 2013
  • Enjoy a family style meal prepared straight from the original menu of the year featured. Enjoy the past with a tough of the present. Caroling and the "Light up the Fort" begins at 6p.m. Tickets go on sale November 4th, 2013 at 8a.m. MT time. on Dec 07 2013