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.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
During late fall, winter and early spring the park will not hold regular office hours. Please use the self-registration desk in front of the office to purchse permits. If you wish to rent snowshoes, please call the park several days in advance of your visit to arrange rental.
Campging and Lodging:
The main campground, the horse campground and the farmhouse are closed for the season. The Chalet will remain open for day and overnight use throughout the winter. Chalet reservations can be made by calling the park at 507-426-7840.
The park's sliding hill will be open this winter. Visitors are welcome to bring sleds or innertubes -- no toboggans are allowed. The park will not be renting out innertubes this winter.
The park's ski trails will be open this winter. The trails will not be groomed, however, so please be prepared to break your own trail.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
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.
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.
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 at Fort Ridgely State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends: Sunday through Thursday, 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
Off State Highway 4, 6 miles south of Fairfax or 12 miles north of Sleepy Eye, then follow the signs to the park.