Fort Robinson is a perfect location for an overnight. After sleeping near Souix City at Poncha State Park, I wanted to take a slow, scenic route across Nebraska to Wyoming and Colorado. The I-90 and I-80 routes are faster, but fairly boring. Fort Robinson was exactly the right number of hours from Poncha to Crawford for a full day of driving, with time to set-up my tent at Fort Robinson.
Fort Robinson has a day's worth of activities available. After paying the $5 day permit and $12 camping fee at the hotel, extremely reasonable fees for the experience, I made camp across the road beneath an ancient cottonwood tree and was the only tent in the campground on May 28. Tent sites surround the old fort cemetery, but no indication of ghosts. Across a stream, the RV park is densely-packed, with a wonderful shower house near the entrance, no additional cost.
Next day, I considered the 70-minute bluffs horseback trail ride, which is very cheap at $22. With temperatures in the upper eighties, I decided to tour the museum and grounds. Check-out the asbestos walls of the combat dog kennel from the dog training center from World War II era. Fort Robinson was important from the Plains Indian War era, through equestrian training for the Spanish-American War and World War I, dog training for World War II, before the camp was closed in 1948.
If you want details on history from the Plains Indian War era, you can purchase many books at the museum library. Fort Robinson was a supply support location for the 7th Cavalry campaign that led to Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse was killed at Fort Robinson during his attempt to escape from confinement.
My slow trip across Nebraska, through Wyoming, "cost" me an extra 200 to 300 miles and another overnight near Laramie. Well worth the views of farms, wildlife, and historical places along the way.
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