Fort Robinson State Park Campground – NEBRASKA (Crawford)


Campground/RV Park:  Fort Robinson State Park Campground – NEBRASKA
Location:  Fort Robinson (Crawford), NE
Date(s) Stayed: 8/2/14 – 8/6/15
Length of Stay:
 4 days
Site #: #57
Cost per night (with
taxes): $24/night
Discount Used: None
Connections:  Electric
Stars: 2.5
Phone: 308-665-2900
We stayed at Fort Robinson State Park to take in the local historic and
geological attractions.  Fort Robinson is
located on Route 20 near the town of Crawford, Nebraska. 
There are two campgrounds in Fort Robinson State Park; Red Cloud
Campground which has FHU’s, Soldier Creek Campground which has Electric only.  We made our reservation online through
Reserve America in which left us selection of availability.  They say the sites are ‘Big Rig Friendly’
however, take that at face value.  We are
a 43’ toyhauler; even with our trailer wheels all the way to the grassline and our back leveling jacks were completely off the asphalt pad, we
barely fit our rig and our truck.  Be
aware.  They do have non-reservable sites
for those just passing through.  Maximum
stay in the park is 14 days.  Our
recommendation is not to make reservation on Reserve Amerca; to otherwise, call
the number we’ve provided above for better service.  If you are a big rig, make certain you repeat
that several times so you get an ample site.
The check-in process is not desirable to say the least and can be quite
confusing.  You enter into Fort Robinson
in which a small sign directs you to check-in at the office, located on a busy
street.  Finding parking, especially with
a big rig, is a challenge.  We recommend,
if pulling a toad, is to have your toad person go about 15-20 minutes before
your rig arrives to get checked in and then your toad/person can lead you to
your site without having to navigate the streets.  We did this by motorcycle and it worked
perfectly.  If you camp in Soldier Creek,
please be aware that the sites are marked ‘backwards’ on the posts so you don’t
know your site # until you actually pass it. 
As well, there are no signs directing you to different site #’s.  The campground is all one-way narrow
roads.  There is only one building that
hosts separate showers and flush toilets in Soldier Creek with another small
building of individual compost toilets (men’s and women’s).  The way the campground is setup is quite compact;
lots of trees and obstacles, including other rigs or vehicles that may be
sticking out slightly from their sites.  The
sites are a bit tight but since we were always out playing tourist, it didn’t
bother us as much.  Our site was not
level.  We had to put our picnic table on
the back of our site behind our rig so our beverages didn’t spill and our peas
didn’t roll off our plates.  Because of
the tightness between sites, the campfire rings were close so windows had to be
closed in the evening hours.  Camp
Hosts?  Well, we didn’t see they at all
while we were there.  There needed to be
a little better upkeep on the grounds and the bathrooms and showers could have
used a bit more attention as these were shared with so many campers.
However, aside from the negativity of the outdated campsite issues, it’s
nicely located within a historic post-Civil War Cavalry Military Post.  You will learn about the Red Cloud Indian
Agency and POW Camp, the Cheyenne Outbreak Barracks, the Buffalo Soldiers and
Military K-9 Training Area.  The State
Park will not leave you or your family bored. 
There is a mass array of activities to keep everyone occupied.  On Thursday evenings (Summer), there is a
free Rodeo.  Located within the State
Park is an indoor swimming pool, riding stables (if you bring your horses),
trailside museum, a Post Playhouse which showcases musicals and plays, Jeep
rides, Horse drawn wagon history rides, craft room, bike rentals, nature
center, snack bar, picnic grounds and shelter, and lots of hiking and horse
trails (you have to drive to them)!! 
They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during the summer
season at the Fort Robinson Inn (their breakfast was out of this world and
plentiful!).  This is a fantastic place
to take your family!
Fort Robinson is about a 40 minute drive to Toadstool Geological Park and
about an hour to Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.
We stayed at Fort Robinson State Park in a 43’ 5th Wheel
Toyhauler. Since we’ve visited and learned everything we aimed at, its most likely
we will only use Fort Robinson State Park Campground as a pass-through.

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