Soldier Creek Camping Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pine Ridge Ranger District - Soldier Creek Trailhead and Camp Area

The Soldier Creek Campground is adjacent to the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands Soldier Creek Wilderness and Ft. Robinson State Park. The 7,794 acre Soldier Creek Wilderness was used in conjunction with Fort Robinson Military Reservation as a wood reserve, horse & mule pasture.  In 1989 a large fire burned in this area.  A few snags remain so be aware of falling hazards.  

Trailhead facilities are located in the campground, which is adjacent to the wilderness boundary and include primitive campsites, several picnic tables, a handpump well with pottable water, vault toilets, garbage cans and a large 15-paddock corral system.  Livestock feed is not available and stock water must be hauled to the corral from nearby creeks or handpump during the fee period.

Fire rings only, no grates or grills.

Mid-November through mid-May, no pottable water or garbage services are available, so please pack it in and pack it out.  Feel free to call ahead for exact dates at (308) 432-0300.

Soldier Creek Wilderness is non-motorized and only open to horseback riding and hiking.  The Wilderness can be accessed from 3 Trailheads in the campground including:

  • Boots & Saddle Trail is approximately 7 miles, accessed from the North Fork Trailhead, and ties into the Trooper Trail.
  • Trooper Trail Loop is approximately 10.5 miles access from Middle and South Fork Trailheads

Trail brochures are available at the campground, or please feel free to call the Pine Ridge Ranger District Office at (308) 432-0300.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year round. Water availabiltiy and fees are seasonal, mid-May to Mid-November.
Reservations: None required.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees This is a seasonal fee campground, $8/vehicle/night. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Closest Towns: Chadron, Nebraska
Water: Yes.
Restroom: Yes.
Information Center: Pine Ridge Ranger District

General Information

Directions: From Crawford take U.S. Highway 20 for 2 1/2 miles to Fort Robinson, then north on Soldier Creek Road for six miles.

Recreation Map

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Horse Riding

Wide open spaces with plenty of prairie. Rolling hills,

Horse Camping

Horse corrals, fire rings, picnic tables, parking pads. Boots and Saddle Trail - 7.0 Trooper Trail Loop- 10.6
Hitching RailsYes.
Fire InformationCampfires are allowed, fire rings, grates, and grills are provided. Please don't bring in wood that may be infested by the Emerald Ash Borer.
Loading RampYes,
No. of Sites4
Reservation InfoNone
No. of Accessible sitesAccessible vault toilet.
Watering TankSeasonal. Call the office at 308-432-0300 for specific dates.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Picnic tables
Drinking water Seasonal, mid-May to mid-November, Call the Pine Ridge Ranger District for exact dates at 308-432-0300.
Toilets 3
Fee charged for some activities Seasonal, mid-May to Mid-November, $8/vehicle/night
Tent camping
Accessible Vault toilet.
Camping trailer