Located in northwest Nebraska, Fort Robinson State Park (out doornebraska.gov/fortrobinson) is a horse-lovers paradise, offering nearly 22,000 acres of land to explore. Just west of the park is Soldier Creek Wilderness, which provides nearly 8,000 additional acres for trail riding, so you’re bound to have the experience of a lifetime no matter where you go. This unique region holds an uncommon diversity of plant and animal life, resulting in extraordinary, natural beauty.
Fort Robinson Inn and Lodge
Upon arrival, the first stop to be made is the Fort Robinson Inn and Lodge, formerly the 1909 enlisted men's barracks for the 8th and 12th cavalry. Here, you can check-in and secure a place for you and your horse. Plus, you can procure maps of Fort Robinson, trail maps of the surrounding area, and brochures on local history. If you choose to eat at the restaurant while you’re there, we highly recommend trying the bison items on the menu.
For overnight visits, you can stay in a renovated officer's quarters that date from 1874 to 1909. All of the “cabins” have a living room, bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens in them. Or if you prefer to stay in your living quarters, you can choose between a full-service RV park and a partial-service park. You also have the option to camp outdoors in the tent-camping section.
Ultimately, we decided to stay in the partial-service RV park because it was close to the mare barns where we stalled our horses, Jake and Cody.
Horses can also be stalled in the historic cavalry barn built-in 1909, but it’s a bit of a hike from the RV park. One thing to remember when stalling here is that you must leave a clean stall, or you’ll be charged a cleaning fee; wheelbarrows and manure rakes are available to use throughout the barn. You’re also required to provide your own feed and hay. If you need more bedding or hay during your visit, you can purchase it at a feed store in nearby Crawford.
If you visit without your horse, you can still experience these beautiful trails on horseback. Be sure to visit the information booth near the Inn and Lodge to learn more about the different trail-riding options. There are also stagecoach rides available.
The information booth is also a good place to learn more about the breakfast cookouts and steak cookouts, and non-horse related activities that are offered there.
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