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Fort Ridgely State Park

Tour Historic Fort Ridgely and wander through the ruins of this once thriving outpost. Learn about the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862, a major event in Minnesota's early history. Visit the museum and the cemetery to learn more. For recreation, this park offers plenty. In the summer, play a nine hole golf course, hike or ride the trails on horseback, fish the stocked pond or trout stream, camp (drive-in and walk-in sites are available), or stay overnight in the renovated farmhouse. In the winter, ski, snowmobile, or stay overnight at the chalet.

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Visitor Alert!

Campground Road Closure:

Starting September 2 the main campground, walk-in sites, and the chalet building will be closed due to road construction through October 15. The golf course, historic site, and upper picnic area will still be open for use.

Equestrian Campground Open:

The horse campground is now open to reserved and non-reserved camping. We will be holding an endurance ride event from September 19-21 and the campground will be closed to non-endurance riders. The campground will close for the season on October 20.

Campground Shower Building Closed:

We are experiencing issues with our septic system, and the shower and toilet building for the main campground is closed. Water spigots and vault toilets are still available in the campground. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work on a solution.

Last updated September 16, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Stay and Play Golf Package:

Fort Ridgely Golf Course features scenic vistas, wildlife, and wildflowers in the natural areas along the Par 35, 9-hole course. Visitors that stay three or more consecutive nights will receive two all-day golf passes for their party's use during their stay. This package is not available on holiday weekends. Get more information about the golf course

Fort Ridgely Historic Site:

The historic site grounds are open for self-guided tours each day, and the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A Minnesota state park vehicle permit is required. Learn more.

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862:

2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Fort Ridgely State Park was an important location during this time. Learn more.

FairRidge Trail:

A paved recreational trail connects the town of Fairfax to the park. This trail provides approximately 7.3 miles for your hiking and biking enjoyment.

Friends of Fort Ridgely:

In 2001 the Friends of Fort Ridgely was formed by a group of citizens interested in the future of the state park and historic site. The Friends of Fort Ridgely and the Nicollet County Historical Society sponsor many events at the park. If you'd like to join the Friends group, contact The Friends of Fort Ridgely, P.O. Box 292, Fairfax, MN 55332, or call the park at 507-426-7840 for more information.

Gift Cards:

Purchase a Minnesota state parks Gift Card.

Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Fort Ridgely State Park.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Fort Ridgely State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Historic Site

tree Golf Course

tree Scenic Rolling Hills

tree Forests and Prairies

tree Horseback Riding


Best time to contact the park:

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends: Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Winter: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please leave a message.


72158 County Road 30
Fairfax, MN 55332

tel: 507-426-7840

fax: 507-426-7112

email: fortridgely.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Off State Highway 4, 6 miles south of Fairfax or 12 miles north of Sleepy Eye, then follow the signs to the park.