Fort Ridgely State Park 

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Fort Ridgely State Park

72158 County Road 30
Fairfax, MN 55332-3216
(866) 857-2757 (Toll Free)

Off State Highway 4, 6 miles south of Fairfax or 12 miles north of Sleepy Eye, then follow the signs to the park.

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Tour Historic Fort Ridgely and wander through the ruins of this once thriving outpost. Learn about the U.S.-Dakota War 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, 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. Enjoy the 8 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of horse trails, 7 mile bike trail to Fairfax; 4 miles cross-country ski and 8 miles of snowmobile trails. 34 campsites, 15 elec, showers, horse campground, newly remodeled cabin. A State Historic Site.


Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
Book an online reservation 24 hours a day.
Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY:

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