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Camping Overnight camping in developed sites is on a first-come, first-served basis. Campfires are allowed unless restrictions are posted. RED CLOUD CAMPGROUND site features 13 picnic tables and fire grates, and a vault toilet. No water is available. Overnight camping -- $5 fee charged from May 20-November 18, 2006; no charge for day use. How to Get There - Travel eight miles south of Chadron on U.S. Highway 385. Backcountry or primitive camping (no facilities) is allowed anywhere on the National Forest. Practicing Leave No Trace principles ensures that the next person to visit will have the same sense of discovery as those who came before. The seven principles are: Plan ahead and prepare, Camp and travel on durable surfaces, Dispose of waste properly, Leave what you find, Minimize campfire impacts, Respect wildlife, Be considerate of other visitors. Hiking and Biking Approximately 80 miles of marked trails make up the Pine Ridge Trail system. The easy-to-follow trails accommodate hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. This trail system consists of several trailheads: East Ash, West Ash, Coffee Mill, Spotted Tail, Roberts, and Outrider Trailheads. Trail and facility locations are available on the recreation map featuring the Pine Ridge Ranger District and Oglala National Grassland. Horse Riding and Camping Horse riding opportunities are available on the Pine Ridge District. There are corrals at Outrider, Roberts Trailhead and the Soldier Creek Wilderness. The Nebraska National Forest requires all feed and forage transported or used on the national forest or national grasslands to be certified free of noxious weeds and weed seeds. For more information, contact us. Check for information on sources of weed free hay. There are campgrounds at Toadstool Geological Park, Soldier Creek, Roberts Tract, and Red Cloud. Dispersed camping is also permitted. Off Highway Vehicle Travel The Pine Ridge Ranger District unit of the Nebraska National Forest is open unless designated closed. To reduce soil erosion, use existing roads as much as possible. Be sure your OHV is equipped with spark arrestors and other safety features. Contact the ranger district office for area closures or closure due to fire danger. Special Places SOLDIER CREEK WILDERNESS The Soldier Creek Wilderness is 7,794 acres. Facilities at the trailhead and campground include a graveled parking area, hand water pump, modern accessible vault toilets, fire grates, and picnic tables. A horse corral with 15 paddocks and an accessible rider ramp is also available. A well-developed trail system of 15 miles in and adjacent to the Soldier Creek Wilderness allows hikers and horseback riders a variety of loop trail choices. The Wilderness is closed to mountain bikes and motorized vehicles. An $8 fee is charged for camping at the Trailhead from May 20-November 18; no charge for day use. How to Get There - The campground and trailhead are 2 1/2 miles west of Crawford on U.S. Highway 20 to Fort Robinson, then north on Soldier Creek Road for six miles. PINE RIDGE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA This 6,600-acre area is designed to provide a primitive/semi-primitive recreational opportunity in a natural environment and is managed for non-motorized recreation. The primary access point is from Roberts Trailhead. It consists of horse corrals, a fully accessible rider ramp, modern vault toilet, hand water pump, and picnic tables. A $8 fee is charged for camping at Roberts Trailhead from May20-November 18; no charge for day use. Hiking, horses, and mountain bikes are allowed. The trail leading south from the trailhead connects to the Pine Ridge Trail, which traverses east-west through the Pine Ridge. How to Get There - Roberts Trailhead campground is located eight miles west of Chadron on U.S. Highway 20 and seven miles south on Eleson Road, then 1 1/2 miles east on Bethel Road.

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Pine Ridge Ranger District, 1240 W. 16th Street , Chadron, NE, 69337, Phone: 308-432-4475

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Nebraska National Forest - The Nebraska National Forest administers 1.1 million acres in Nebraska and South Dakota: the Oglala, Buffalo Gap, and Fort Pierre National Grasslands and the Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests.

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