Family Vacations in Nebraska: Fort Robinson State Park
Rich in the history of the Great Plains, Fort Robinson offers visitors modern-day dude ranch activities and a fascinating Old West background. Its 22,000 acres of wide-open plains, forested hills, and sandstone bluffs are home to herds of buffalo and longhorn sheep. Guests can explore on horseback, by stagecoach, by jeep, by mountain bike, or on foot.
Fort Robinson was once one of the U.S. Cavalry's largest remount depots and held 17,000 horses. Established in 1874, it survived through the last tragic days of the Plains Indian wars. It's also where famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse was fatally wounded. Visitors can stay overnight where blue-coated members of the cavalry once bunked or in campgrounds or cabins.
Summers are packed with activities for families. The breakfast trail rides and fireside buffalo stew cookouts and sing-alongs are popular events. Rodeos and melodramas are featured at the Post Playhouse. History buffs like to explore the Fort Robinson Museum and the Trailside Museum, which displays fossils that date back 200 million years. Other activities include swimming, trout fishing and crafts. In winter, cross-country skiing is popular.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody knew a thing or two about Nebraska living and the Wild West. Find out more about Buffalo Bill and his ranch state historical park on the next page.
Fort Robinson State Park Information
Address: 3701 S. 10th St
Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily
Admission: $10.75 adults; $7 kids
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- Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
- Nebraska State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Nebraska, as well as other recreational activities.
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