Step back in time and experience the Old West with Fido at the Fort Robinson State Park! Just 3 miles west of Crawford, this 22,000-acre site is steeped in history and unspoiled beauty, making it the premier state park in western Nebraska.
The park features breathtaking Pine Ridge scenery, ample lodging opportunities, its own buffalo and longhorn herds, and many historic buildings from its days as a military fort. Fort Robinson served as a cavalry remount station, prisoner-of-war camp, K-9 dog training center, and beef research station before being established as a state park in 1962. Today, it is a pawpular destination for family reunions and other recreational activities.
While Fort Robinson offers Jeep and horse-drawn tours, pawhaps the best way to explore this unique park with your furry pal is by hitting the trails on foot and paw. There are 60 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate for you and your pooch to tackle, and doing so will allow you to get close to the deer, antelopes, turkeys, bison, and sheep that roam the area. Note that ticks may be present on the trails, so be sure to check Fido and yourself thoroughly after your hike!
Another special feature of the park are the buildings that used to house the soldiers and officers stationed at the fort. These now serve as lodging for guests, and while dogs are not allowed in the historic lodge, they are welcome in the cabins for an additional pet fee and in the campgrounds. Stay at one of the furnished 1909 enlisted men's quarters or set up camp at an electric or primitive campsite. Either way, it'll be fun!
Make sure your pup stays on a 6-foot leash as you stroll around the park. Remember to bring doggie waste bags and cash for the entry permit which ranges $6 for residents, $8 for non-residents, and other fees. Expect to have a memorable experience with your pupper at Fort Robinson State Park!