cookouts,fishing and kayaking and tubing in the early (wetter) part of
the summer. In June, Fort Robinson plays host to an annual
intertribal Pow-wow. video
among others Ogallala Sioux chief Red Cloud, and it is the site where Crazy Horse was killed in 1877.
More Area History
to serve the army, supplying horses, mules and later dogs. In the summer of 1935 the U.S. Army equestrian team for the 1936 Berlin Olym-
pics trained at Fort Robinson.
If you wish to do a little sight-seeing on your own while here, there are numerous interesting half-day and full day trips to be made (rental car recommended). In Chadron, 25 miles east, you'll find a unique museum, the
Museum of the FurTrade, (308-432-3843). "The fur trade is the first great romance of America. Before the thundering cattle drives and raucous saloons of the “Wild West,” before the first creaking Conestoga wagon inched westward on the Oregon Trail, even before the stern Pilgrims stepped from their fragile ships onto Plymouth Rock, the continent was abuzz with business—the business of furs. " The museum hosts a fabulous collection of Indian trade objects from the 1600's to 1900's, as well as the largest and most complete collection of northwest guns made for the Indian trade from 1750-1900.
An hour's drive north from the ranch, you enter the Black Hills of South Dakota. Small pioneer and gold mining towns such as Custer, Hill City, Keystone and famous gambling town of Deadwood are well worth visiting. Deadwood was a gambling town back in the days of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, and it is once again a gambling town. Prairie Winds Casino 1-800-705-WIND on the Pine Ridge Reservation also offers gambling.
which is particularly refreshing on a hot day. This park has no entrance fee.
Don’t be surprised if you encounter a roadblock of grazing bison in Custer State Park. A herd of 1,500 bison roams freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. The herd is one of the largest in the world. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the “tatanka” for food, clothing and shelter. Besides bison, the park is home to wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and a band of friendly burros.
A monument's dimensions should be determined by the importance to civilization of the events commemorated. We are not here trying to carve an epic, portray a moonlight scene, or write a sonnet; neither are we dealing with mystery or tragedy, but rather the constructive and dramatic moments or crises in our amazing history." Gutzon Borglum
For the archeologically and geologically interested guest, this area has several sites you can visit. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument 308-668-2211 is about an hour's drive from the ranch. The monument is a fossil lover’s paradise. Fossilized mammals from 19 million years ago are embedded and easily visible in the walls and canyons of the 3,000-acre national monument. There are miles of easy-to-navigate hiking trails throughout the property and the visitor center interprets the history and significance of the area. Agate Fossil Beds also tell the story of "Captain" James Cook—a former professional hunter, guide, Army scout and owner of the nearby Agate Springs Ranch. For 50 years, the ranch was a haven for American Indians, such as Chief Red Cloud. Cook welcomed and fed his guests, and in return, they repaid his generosity by presenting him with gifts throughout the years. In time, these gifts became a sizable and important collection of American Indian artifacts, which are now permanently displayed in the visitor center. This is truly a unique collection and a must-see exhibit.
Chimney Rock National Monument: Discover one of the wonders of the west. Feel the awe and curiosity the pioneers experienced when they saw the most famous landmark on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. The Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center houses museum exhibits, a hands-on opportunity to "pack your wagon," and a video presentation that tells the story of the great migration West. A large inventory of books on western and trail history is available for purchase at the Chimney Rock Visitor Center.
The Interpretive Toadstool Trail is very well marked, and a detailed trail brochure is available that explains the numbered post markers along the one mile loop hiking trail. The park has 6 picnic and camping spots -- and we also found clean basic restroom facilities. Don't expect running water when you are this far out in the "boondocks." You will need to bring your own water.
While in Hot Springs, visit Evans Plunge 605-745-5165 for great family fun.
308-665-2431. Legend Buttes Golf Course open April 1 to October 1. Call for a schedule of tournaments.
every day for lap swim, open swim, and water aerobics
it reaches a crescendo in early spring: an overwhelming cacophony of sight and sound. Millions of birds on the wing — including 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes — in throngs that can darken the sky. The arrival of the cranes on Nebraska’s Platte River,and the millions of other migratory birds that visit each
spring,is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the continent. Discover how you can experience this awe-inspiring scene when the birds return to central Nebraska.
Summer offer many traditional, unique, & fun
activities in this area, including a
PRCA rodeo July 2-4th every year.