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“Fort Robinson: Worthy of an overnight on US HWY 20”

Fort Robinson State Park
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Crawford
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

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.

1  Thank MountainMan-Kim
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

You can climb the buttes or ride a horse to an impressive view. If you choose to hike you'll probably have the trail to yourself.

2  Thank Michael Z
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We did a day trip before the high season kicked off. We were hoping to learn more about the relations between Native Americans and the U.S. military, but there just wasn't much depth there. Just what you can learn In a pamphlet. It was even light on information about Crazy Horse. If you're a history buff, you may want to skip this site. The museums displays were ok, but a bit superficial for a truth seeker. Note that you need to pay a parking permit fee and a museum entry fee.

1  Thank cemckeon
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Our extended family of four generations rented one of the brick officers' quarters at Fort Robinson for five nights, and wish we'd stayed at least a week. As other reviewers have written, there's plenty to do at the fort--jeep tours, horseback rides, fishing, swimming, etc. Instead of writing about the many great activities, I'll focus on some details that future visitors might find useful. The brick officers' quarters are three floors high and have huge living and dining rooms plus loads of bedrooms. My father paced off the building and estimated it to be 8,000 square feet. Thirteen of us bunked inside and never felt crowded. We intended to eat at the restaurant but ended up cooking all meals together in our building, which quickly felt like home. The kitchens are equipped but only with the basics, so we were happy that we'd thought to bring along a food processor and slow cooker. There are grills just outside the rear doors of the quarters where you can cook. Pack the finer kitchen things from home that you don't want to live without. We spent hours lounging on the massive wrap-around porch every morning and night, enjoying the comfortable bag chairs we'd brought with us. Bicycles, too, are quite handy. Even my 80-year-old father cycled around the fort to sightsee at the museums. The grounds were about a mile in circuit, making the bikes really useful, and the dearth of vehicular traffic makes for enjoyable rides. The officers' quarters' huge dining table was great for the board and card games we carried with us. No one--not even the kids--missed the lack of TV, but the teenagers were happy they'd brought computer games. The adults considered the trip a relief from the demands of technology because cell phones didn't always work. To sum up, take advantage of all the activities but also expect to embrace the fort's slower pace. We had a great time together and are considering repeating this family vacation in the future, even though most of us had to drive at least 10 hours to get to the fort. It's a beautiful place.

3  Thank MsGrasslands
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Beautiful state park full of history. The fort is beautiful to tour. We rode horses and camped in the campgrounds. the stables are wonderful to use for your horses. the riding is gorgeous.

Thank jtrailgirl
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