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, 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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2016 Reservations changes
Attention campers using the main campground:Due to a water line break, there is no water available in the campground, group camp or walk-in campsites. Water is available at the office or at the horse day use area. The shower/toilet building in the main campground is closed indefinitely. Vault toilets are available in the campground.
Attention golfers:We are allowing golfers on the course at this time. We are no longer selling season passes. The 'play and stay' program for 3-nights of camping has been discontinued.
Attention horse riders:The southern horse trail bridge crossing Fort Ridgely creek is closed to horse traffic. It is open to pedestrian traffic only.
Attention picnickers:Due to a water line break, there is no water available available at the upper picnic area. The toilet building at the upper picnic area is also closed. A vault toilet is available near the picnic shelter.
Attention visitors:Due to safety concerns, the amphitheater stage is closed. No access is allowed. (Updated May 20, 2016)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
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.
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: 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
Off State Highway 4, 6 miles south of Fairfax or 12 miles north of Sleepy Eye, then follow the signs to the park.