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

Trail Update

The lower valley trail is closed due to high water from the Minnesota River. Fort Ridgely Creek is running high -- low water crossings are not passable at this time.

Golf Course Update

The golf course is currently closed.

Amphitheater Update

Due to safety concerns, the amphitheater stage is closed. No access is allowed.

(Updated 10/16/2017)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour

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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.

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Birders

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

Nature Guide

All Seasons Nature Guide This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (2017, 6 pages, 828 KB)

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Historic Site

tree Horseback Riding

tree Scenic Rolling Hills

tree Forests and Prairies


Hours

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.

Contact

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.