Campground/RV Park: Fort Robinson State Park Campground-NEBRASKA
Location: Fort Robinson (Crawford), NE
Date(s) Stayed: 8/2/15- 8/6/15
Length of Stay: 4 days
Site #: #57
Cost per night (with
Discount Used: None
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 cited that the sites are ‘Big Rig Friendly’ however, take that at face value. We had a 44’ 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.
They do have non-reservable sites for those just passing through at Fort Robinson Campground. The maximum stay in the park is 14 days.
Our recommendation is not to make reservation on Reserve America. We recommend calling the number we’ve provided above for better service and information. If you are a big rig, make certain you repeat that several times so you get an ample site.
Arriving and Check-in…
The check-in process at Fort Robinson Campground was not was chaotic and seemed disorganized.
After we entered into Fort Robinson, a small sign directed us to check-in at the office, located on a busy street. Finding parking, especially with a big rig, was a challenge.
If you have a motorhome pulling a toad, we recommend disconnecting it and have your toad driver 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 alone with your big rig.
We did this by motorcycle and it worked perfectly. If you camp at 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.
There were no signs directing us to different site #’s. The campground had one-way narrow roads.
There was 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).
Fort Robinson Campground is tight; lots of trees and obstacles, including other rigs or vehicles that may be sticking out slightly from their sites. The sites are tight but since we were always out playing tourist, it didn’t bother us as much. However, because of the tightness between sites, the campfire rings were close so windows had to be closed in the evening hours.
Our site was not level nor was the where our picnic table was.
Camp Hosts? We didn’t see any. Better housekeeping in the bathrooms and showers and grounds upkeep was needed.
Aside from the outdated issues at Fort Robinson Campground, it’s nicely located near the heart of the historic post-Civil War Cavalry Military Post. We learned 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 was a mass array of activities to keep everyone occupied. On Thursday night, there was a rodeo. We were sad to miss it.
Located within the State Park was an indoor swimming pool, horse stables, trailside museum, a Post Playhouse which showcased 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 served breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during the summer
season we were there at the Fort Robinson Inn. Their breakfast was out of this outstanding and portions were generous.
All in all, this is a fantastic place to take your family full of history and activity.
Disclaimer: We apologize for the lack of photos. This was one of our first campground reviews on our blog. We were still in the learning phase of blogging.