May 21, 2017

Fort Robinson and Ft. Robinson Maps

Whenever I make plans to go to Ft. Robinson, I am frustrated because I can't find any property maps.  The Fort is a great place to visit with numerous campgrounds and barns for horse trail riders.  We usually stay in the mare campground next to the mare barns which is not reservable online.  But Barns 105 and 106 is quite an experience as well, staying in those barns which housed the soldiers' horses; clip clopping on those brick floors is like walking through time.

The reason for this post is to archive the property maps so I am not looking for them the next time.  However, I realize I haven't even blogged about our last stay at the Fort or shared any pictures.

Ft. Robinson is rich in Nebraska, Indian and Military history.  Beginning in 1874, it began as a post during the frontier Indian Wars.  Crazy Horse surrendered and was later killed at Ft. Robinson.In 1919, at the end of WW1, Ft. Robinson became the largest remount depot, used for breeding and training horses for the military.  And during WW2, the fort was used for dog training and later, for German prisoners of war.  Google Fort Robinson for more historic information.

Much of the historic Fort still stands and besides doing our favorite past time, you can also take jeep rides, tube or kayak down the river, visit the museum or restaurant, attend a play in the playhouse, swim in their pool and most likely more activities that I don't even know about.  It is the horse vacation spot where you can take your non-horse friends and family and they will find plenty to do.  There are even cabins and hotels for their comfort!

If you would rather boon dock, there is a primitive camp to the west of the Fort (Soldiers Creek North) which has water (by stream) and corrals for the horses.

The riding is very diverse.  From prairie and then up into the buttes where you can see for miles.  You will find antelope, mountain sheep and other wildlife along the way.

While the views are breathtaking, the trails are such that even the amateur rider should have no problem negotiating.  There has been a recent effort to mark the trails with signage and I believe level of difficulty if I remember correctly.

I would probably recommend your horse be shod for this ride.  It is not as rocky as South Dakota and could probably be doable without shoes but it might limit you to some of the less rocky trails.

Sunsets on the butte are the best!

Look up high to see those rams!  We even saw a baby last year.

And last, here are the maps of the Fort I can never find.

Mare Camp.  Can only be reserved by calling the Fort.