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Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

Home of famed showman scout William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP at North Platte recaptures the life and career of the famed Pony Express rider, Army scout and buffalo hunter turned showman.

The house was built during the Cody's profitable venture, the Wild West Show, and money for development of the ranch and Cody's other interests was plentiful. No expense was spared in building and furnishing the ranch, and visitors will see many interesting features.

Buffalo Bill's Ranch, known as Scout's Rest, became a state historical park in 1965. Since then, the house and barn have been restored and a wealth of Cody memorabilia has been acquired and placed on display.

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park is located next door to the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area. This recreation area offers beautiful camping along the Platte River. There are 50 Amp electrical campsites and primitive sites for the tent campers. Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area is a convenient stop off of I-80 at the North Platte Interchange. The recreation area offers fishing, picnic tables, fire rings, and hiking trails. Having it located next door to the Historical Park makes it easy to tour the ranch house and barn that Col. William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody built for his home in North Platte during the heyday of his famous Wild West Show. Cody owned some 4,000 acres here, which were appropriately named Scout's Rest Ranch. The park encompasses 25 acres of the original ranch, including the house and barn.

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Trails: Yes Hiking: 5 miles Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 16 Shelters: 1 River Access: Yes Fishing: Yes Visitor Center: Yes Buffalo Bill's Scouts Rest Ranch Museum Office Hours March 24-Memorial Day; Mon - Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Every Day Labor Day-October 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office on Site: Yes Buffalo Bill's Scouts Rest Ranch Museum Office Hours March 24-Memorial Day; Mon - Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Every Day Labor Day-October 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Recreation - Buffalo Bill State Historical Park is located next door to the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area. This recreation area offers beautiful camping along the Platte River. There are 50 Amp electrical campsites and primitive sites for the tent campers. Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area is a convenient stop off of I-80 at the North Platte Interchange. The recreation area offers fishing, picnic tables, fire rings, and hiking trails. Having it located next door to the Historical Park makes it easy to tour the ranch house and barn that Col. William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody built for his home in North Platte during the heyday of his famous Wild West Show. Cody owned some 4,000 acres here, which were appropriately named Scout's Rest Ranch. The park encompasses 25 acres of the original ranch, including the house and barn.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location - Head north 2.5 miles from exit 177, Highway 83, through North Platte. At Rodeo Rd, also Hwy. 30, you will turn left heading west 1.7 miles until you reach Buffalo Bill Ave. At Buffalo Bill Ave., turn right, heading north for 1 mile until you reach Scout's Rest Ranch Rd. To reach the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, turn left, heading west on Scout's Rest Ranch Rd. for 1/4 mile. To reach the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area, take the gravel road at the corner of Buffalo Bill Ave. and Scouts Rest Ranch Rd. north 3/4 mile.


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Contact Information:
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd , North Platte, NEBRASKA, 69101-8444, Phone: Phone: (308) 535-8035
, Buffalo.Bill@ngpc.ne.gov

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