Travel back in time with Fido when you set foot and paw in the Rock Creek Station State Historical Park! A Pony Express station in the 1800s, this 350-acre site saw the passage of thousands of wagons along the Oregon and California Trails, as well as the first gunfight of Wild Bill Hickok. Today, it is a significant historical park where two- and four-legged visitors can hike and camp amidst prairie hilltops and rugged ravines.
Rock Creek features 4 miles of nature and hiking trails for you and your pupper to explore. From the trails, you and Fido will be able to see the wagon ruts and reconstructed buildings from the park's Pony Express days. While the buildings are open to the public, they are off-limits to canines, so stick to admiring them from the outside if Fido's tagging along. Be sure to pick up a map for a self-guided walking tour of the park's historic sites at the visitor center.
To ensure that everyone has a pawsitive experience on the trails, keep your pup on a 6-foot leash at all times and remove any pet waste immediately. Always have clean-up bags on hand. Expect to share some of the paths with horses. Shade is limited in some parts, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and enough water for you and your furry friend.
If you'd like to spend more than a day experiencing the park's woofderful scenery and rich history, head to the 40-acre campground in the adjacent Rock Creek Station State Recreation Area. The campground includes 25 asphalt pads with electricity, modern showers and restrooms, and a dump station.
Whether you and your pooch spend a day or more at Rock Creek, note that you will need to purchase a park entry permit. Daily permits are $6 for residents and $8 for out-of-state guests.
Discover the beauty and history of Nebraska with your pup at the Rock Creek Station State Historical Park!