Saturday – October 11, 2014
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area
North Platte, Nebraska
We spent a cool evening in Council Bluffs, Iowa last night. The temperature dipped into the low thirties, but our trusty furnace kept us quite comfortable in our Casita trailer.
We awoke to a bright sunny day, departed Council Bluffs at 8:30 a.m., traveled west a short distance of about forty miles on I-80, and had a hearty breakfast at a Denny’s Restaurant in Gretna, Nebraska.
We arrived in North Platte, Nebraska at 3:00 p.m. We will spend two nights here at the Buffalo Bill Campground.
The campground is located within the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area. This is a small campground with 23 gravel sites for RV’s. Each site has electric, with 20 amp and 30 amp service available. There are also 20 grass sites for tent campers only. The tent sites are non-electric. There are two common water sources available, with a threaded spigot, at campsites #5 and # 19. There are two vault toilets, one for men and one for women that are clean and well maintained. There is no dump station at this campground. There is a dump station available at the Time Saver Gas Station, 1220 S. Jeffers, in North Platte. The downside to this campground is the one-mile, washboard, gravel entrance road into the campground. It definitely needs to be graded.
Campsite #14 will serve as our home base while we visit the Union Pacific Railroad’s Brady Yard and the Buffalo Bill Ranch.
The Buffalo Bill Ranch Recreation Area is a popular area for camping, fishing in the North Platte River and viewing the Sand Hill Cranes migrating north in the spring during February through April.
Electric Sites: $14.00 plus a $5.00 daily entrance permit.
Non-Electric: $8.00 plus a $5.00 daily entrance permit.
Total miles traveled today: 286
Tomorrow another adventure begins.