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.
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Attention campers: All campgrounds will close for the season on October 18, 2015. Lodging at the farmhouse will close as well. Lodging is still available at the chalet through the winter, Friday through Sunday. The main campground and the farmhouse will reopen on April 1, 2016. The equestrian campground will reopen on May 1, 2016.Attention skiers: The park does not groom ski trails. Visitors are welcome to ski or snowshoe anywhere in the park except on groomed snowmobile trails. Groomed ski trails are available at Flandrau State Park, located 25 miles away in New Ulm. Attention sledders: The park does not rent innertubes for the sledding hill. Visitors are welcome to bring their own innertubes or plastic sleds. Runner sleds and toboggans are not allowed. (Updated December 2, 2015)
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 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 Monday, 9 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.