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Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area

North Platte, Nebraska


2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd
North Platte, Nebraska 69101
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 31
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.16302
Longitude: -100.79098

Elevation: 2808' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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21 Reviews

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

The previous reviews describe the site well. The camping loop is at the Platte River with a sand beach at the river. There were quite a few drive through cruisers, but they did not interfere with our use. There is a host on site but no enforcement to keep out none campers. The sites are gravel, but easy to level on. Buffalo Bill's retirement house is at the entrance. It was a very nice house for it's era. There is also a business offering horse rides and river floats in a stock tank at the entrance. The campground has a self service entry fee station. The 50 amp sites are on the left, 30s on the right, We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This was just an overnight stop. Big rig friendly with 50 amp service in some sites. All gravel and long gravel dusty road into campground. Bring your own water and empty holding tanks. No dump site here. Thought spaces were nicely spaced, not too close. Good Verizon signal and no problem getting satelite signal. $14 to camp. $8 to enter. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Golden spike tower was very interesting. Buffalo bill house was closed for winter.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Nice quiet little park on the Platte River. Water and electric. No dump station or sewer hookups. Only real negative is the $8 a day state park entrance fee added to the $14 camping fee. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

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. Admin note: Reported to have 5 50 Amp and 18 30 Amp sites. We camped at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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