Fort Ridgely State Park

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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 War 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, 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

The golf course is closed

The DNR is considering options for the future of Fort Ridgely State Park. Go to the project planning page to learn more and find out how you can be involved.

Attention campers using the main campground:

There are no showers or flush toilets in the main campground. Rustic camping rates are in effect. Vault toilets are available in the campground.

Attention hikers and horse riders:

The southern horse trail bridge crossing Fort Ridgely creek is now open to all traffic. Horse trails are open and in good condition. The lower valley trail remains closed due to flood damage.

Between October 3 and November 24 the trails north of the horse campground will be closed to all traffic during construction of a new trail bridge.

Attention visitors:

Due to safety concerns, the amphitheater stage is closed. No access is allowed. We are working on repairs and anticipate the amphitheater will reopen in 2017.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated October 18, 2016)

Park Notes

Provide input on park management plan:

The DNR is amending the management plan for Fort Ridgely State Park. Complete an online questionnaire (until Oct. 31) to share your ideas and comments about the future of Fort Ridgely State Park! Go to the project page to learn more.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
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Fort Ridgely Historic Site:

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

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.


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Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Historic Site

tree Horseback Riding

tree Scenic Rolling Hills

tree Forests and Prairies


Best time to contact the park:

Mid-May through MEA weekend: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Winter: Regular office hours are not kept during the winter. Please call or email the park and leave a message.


72158 County Road 30
Fairfax, MN 55332

tel: 507-426-7840

fax: 507-426-7112


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.