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Ride the Ridge Coming to Fort Robinson State Park

Riders cross Soldier Creek at Fort Robinson State Park during last year's Ride the Ridge. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
Riders cross Soldier Creek at Fort Robinson State Park during last year’s Ride the Ridge. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

One of northwestern Nebraska’s most popular annual trail rides will occur at Fort Robinson State Park this weekend, drawing riders and their horses from near and far.

The annual Ride the Ridge will be Saturday, June 20, highlighting the beautiful scenery and terrain of the Pine Ridge near Crawford.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Soldier Creek Road, with the first ride of the day following at 9 o’clock. A second ride is offered at 1 p.m., each consisting of 5-6 miles of trails.

A couple of special activities offer prizes for the horseback riders, including a poker run and trail challenge competition. There’s a one-time $5 fee for the trail challenge activities but the other rides are free. Those participating in the poker run are asked to bring a hand-held GPS unit, or join other riders who have one.

More information about the event may be found online at westernnebraskaridetheridge.blogspot.com.

Vehicles entering Fort Robinson are required to have a Nebraska park entry permit, available online at outdoornebraska.org or at the park headquarters and vendors across the state.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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