Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
The campground is mediocre with sites one on top of the other. They have very clean pit toilets and no showers. The road into the campground continues around and out; thus, cars frequently drove by who were not campers. Trains were an issue; we didn't sleep very well. Undoubtedly this place is very busy in the spring when 500,000 Sandhill Cranes arrive on their migration there. The cranes spend a few days in a field by the campground. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.
The price reflects $14 for camping and $5 for daily entrance. Be aware that the pass for a year is only $25, so if you plan on staying at more than five Nebraska parks, go for the pass. The Park is easy to find from the interstate and is well marked. The final mile or so to the campground is down a fairly rough dirt road, but not a big problem. As you come into the park, the sites on the left are 50 amp, those on the right 30 amp. Although there are a couple of fresh-water faucets, we could not get to them because of their location. You really need to arrive with fresh water and plan on taking out waste water as there is no dump. The toilets are pit toilets and we did not use them. There are no showers. Our experience here is significantly different than others because we were there on a Memorial Day weekend. The park is all first-come, first-served, so we felt fortunate to get one of the three remaining sites in this small park on a holiday weekend. By the end of the day, all sites were full. Most of the sites had three vehicles parked at the site and lots of people – lots of people. We parked at the first available site on the left. Right after we parked, the gentleman from the end site came out and told us that he was the campground host. There was no sign or other indication of his position and we never saw him do anything. He did have some very creative, colorful language that he used in talking on the phone and in talking to his two dogs. The only official people we saw was a ranger that drove through and picked up the money at the “iron ranger.” No one seemed to be available to enforce any of the rules, many of which were violated. The trash cans were overflowing and lots of partying. We were lucky that we were at the end of the park with fewer parties. It did quite down late at night. There are a couple of short trails and, of course, the Buffalo Bill site to visit. There are other interesting things to do in North Platte, including the Golden Spike Railroad viewing tower. Cody park is a very easy place to get fresh water and to dump. We had no problem getting satellite as there are few trees. Our Verizon phone and data MiFi were very good. We were pleased to have a reasonable place to stay on the holiday weekend and would stay here again. It would probably be really great without the holiday crowd. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $18.00
The sites were easy to back into. There are only two or three water spigots on the park not placed to easily fill up your water tank while on the access road. We appreciated the 50 amp service. There is no dump in the park, but you can drive about 4 miles to use the dump on the north side of Cody Park located on the east side of highway 83 north of town. Maybe Cody Park would be a better place to camp. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Campground is located down a gravel road on the back of Buffalo Bill Cody's ranch. All sites are level back ins on gravel with a picnic table and grill. Entering campground, sites on right have 30 amp and sites on left have 30/50 amp. Two sites have water, but there is no dump station. It is a very quiet park and seldom has many campers. It is good for one night to visit Buffalo Bill Cody's ranch house and museum. Price includes $5 daily park pass and $13 for campsite. You pick your site and park, then drop your cash or check in the envelope in the box. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
None of the other reviewers mention this so I will. The toilets are pit toilets, and there is nothing else as far as restrooms and showers. It was okay for a one-nighter, but I wouldn't want to spend much more time than that there. I was the only one camping, but quiet a few locals came through, parked down at the end and did what, I don't know. There didn't seem to be anything noteworthy to see or do there. No trails, hikes, or whatever. Maybe I missed it. If you seek peace and quiet, this is your place. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $23.00
We used this as an Interstate stopover.. All sites are back-in, but plenty long and level for big rigs. It's right on the North Platte, bring your fishing rods. Minimal shade. Water is only directly available to a few sites and are really communal water stations for all. You have to pay a park fee in addition to the camping fee, which is included in the rate shown. A little hard to find, the road signs are minimal. We would stay here again. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $13.00
Nice campground next to the river and Buffalo Bill's Scouts Rest Ranch. Big sites, but no pull thru's. Half the sites have 30/50 amp electric, the other half only 30 amp. There are 2 water hydrants but no rv dump. This is secluded quiet prairie place to kick back and relax. Recommend you fill and dump before arriving. Sites are gravel with a picnic table and fire ring. Like most state parks in Nebraska, it is self service on check in and a park sticker is required. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
This was really cool thinking that we were camping on part of Buffalo Bill's Scouts Rest Ranch. We were the only people there on a Wednesday in the summer. The campground sits right by the river. The sites are large and angled for easy back-in. The rate reflects the space cost plus $5.00 for Nebraska state park entrance fee. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.
I agree with the previous reviews. We stayed two nites and loved it. It is quiet place, Two sites have water hook-ups. There is also a water hookup in the tent section. Very quiet, but one mile of gravel road. Now is season for fireflies. Check it out! We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground next to the river. Big sites, all with 30/50 amp electric, but no water or sewer. I saw one water fill, but it's at the end of one of the sites so if someone is parked there I think you're out of luck. Did not see a dump station at all. Recommend you fill and dump before arriving - we used the Flying J southeast of town. Sites are gravel with thick grass everywhere else. Very secluded, quiet and scenic at the end of a mile long good gravel road. Next door to Buffalo Bill's home and close to the Golden Spike Tower at Bailey Yards (highly recommended.) With a water hookup and a dump station this place is an easy 10. We'll return to this campground. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
This was our destination for a night, but it is closed due to the North Platte river flooding. Be sure to call before traveling to this area. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $11.00
There is a one mile drive on a gravel road to reach this park. You also park on gravel. Sites are level, there's very little shade, and there are picnic tables on site. We did not venture into the bathrooms but they do have some. No dump is available so dump before you get there. There is a spot where you can fill-up your freshwater tank. Half the spots are 50 amp, half are 30 amp. The "park" was about 20% full when we were there on an August weekend. It is a quiet, safe place to stay for as long as it takes to fill up, and empty your waste tanks. The close by river is a nice place to sit in the afternoon and fish or read a book. You certainly can't beat the price. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
We stayed for one night on our way to our destination, and found the campground to be clean and maintained. Road and sites are gravel, and sites are level. No amenities like wifi or cable but did have electricity, and water is available. Very quiet at night which was a plus. Only negative was the locals who come to fish in the river speed thru the campground. We will stay here again. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $10.00
Great spot for a nice quiet overnight. It's a ways off the Interstate, and has a long gravel entry road. Other than that, I agree with the other reviews. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.