3 Parks near Chadron, Nebraska
May 2013 - $30.00
We made a poor choice in thinking this would be a convenient, inexpensive overnight stopping point. Cost includes a $7 transaction fee (to make a reservation) and $5 collected at the gate for a Nebraska State Park Entry Permit that was not mentioned when we made the reservation (checking back, we found that it is disclosed in the reservation paperwork that was emailed). If we had wanted to take the car into town to shop, we would have had to buy a permit for it also. The site had 30A electric only, some sites have water available. Site #5 was difficult to park in due to site post on opposite side of road. The reservation clerk on the phone has no clue about which sites may or may not work for a big rig. Verizon cell phone service is nonexistent without a trucker's antenna; then it is marginal. With luck and careful antenna aiming, we were able to receive PBS on TV. This might be a pretty park to take the family for a stay in the country, but we would not use it again. - 2005-Fulltimers
May 2013 - $25.00
As has been stated in other reviews, this is an "OK" park for an overnight. All sites are gravel. The day that we were it had been raining, and the entire park was muddy and wet gravel. There was no one at the park when we went to check in. The sign asked us to pick a site and put our money in an envelope. It is the only park within several miles of Chadron. When I called for a reservation, whoever answered the phone didn't have a clue about the park. I asked if there was a pull through available as I have a 45' coach and was towing. I didn't want to unhook. She told me that someone would have to call me back. I never got a call back. If you want to pay with a credit card, you have to find a hardware store in town for them to run your card. - jemmettjr
May 2013 - $18.00
Chadron State Park is the oldest state park in Nebraska. The park is right on Hwy 385 in the Pine Ridge area at about 4,000 feet of elevation. The campsites were well groomed and of good size and spacing. Water spigots were available throughout the campsite. The restrooms were clean and shower water hot. Clean up of the area is in progress, it looks like a fire sweep through so clean up in the surrounding area is ongoing. We are staying 2 nights in camp site 53. No local TV channels. - User3006
Aug 2015 - $30.00
This is a basic, no frills park. Currently there are many long-term residents who work in the area. The camper chooses his own site. Sites are narrow, but wide enough for slides. There are many trees, so getting a satellite signal may be tricky. Our site was not level, and the ground was littered with cigarette butts. The sites are gravel, with sparse grass between sites. It looks like the original intent was for side-by-side hookups, but only one hookup is used. Most of the others had vehicles parked in them. Interior roads are fair. Utilities worked well, and wifi was satisfactory. The residents of the park are quiet, but there is a lot of highway truck noise toward the front of the park. This park is good for an overnight, but not really a destination park. We have stayed here before and will choose it again when in the area. - 4windstrvlr
Sep 2014 - $30.00
This is a nice park has both longer term sites and over night sites. It is gravel and grass between. The park has several trees so satellite can be difficult. The utilities work good the WIFI was good for us, better than most. The office people were very nice and accommodating. It is a no frills park but a good over night or to visit the area using this as a base. This is a place we would return if in the area. - JDR
Aug 2014 - $25.00
Old park. Small. Pull thrus were wide. A lot of old run-down travel trailers permanently parked--I guess they can be rented but they make the park look awful. Wi-Fi was slow. Dusty road down the side of park with a lot of big rigs stirring up dust. $25 for 30 amp; $30 for 50 amp. For the price, a good park. - Pamilu
May 2015 - $5.00
My disclaimer is that I retired from the Forest Service and have a fondness for FS campgrounds. That considered, I liked the Red Cloud campground, because 1) it is a good place for tent campers and folks with small trailers, popups, etc. 2) it is not a good place for four thousand pound monsters with smelly sewage hookups. You can see my prejudice.
Mostly it was very pretty, quiet, and cheap. I have a Golden age pass, or senior discount pass as it is now called. That reduced the cost to $2.50. There would have to be major things wrong with a campground to complain at that cost.
I needed a place for an overnight stay, and this was perfect. If you have anything over 25 feet, other places are probably better. But if you tent, or have a small rig and don't need hookups, this is a wonderful place to camp. There was a large RV camped there, but probably at the only site that could handle a rig of that size. You will also need to be skilled at backing your rig for some of the sites.
For $2.50 or $5.00 (if you have to pay full price) there is nearly nothing to complain about. That said, I did not use the toilet. But my experience is that the FS campground toilets are generally clean and odor free unless horribly overused. I plan on staying here again as I make this trip on a yearly basis. Happy camping! - Corno1
May 2012 - $5.00
A primitive National Forest campground. Well shaded, quiet and clean. Not big rig friendly though. Just off of hwy 385, 10 miles south of Chadron, just a couple of minutes to Chadron State Park. Excellent for an overnight stay on your way to, or from the Black Hills. - ken22