Fort Ridgely and Fort Ridgely State Park


    Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, Fort Ridgely was a US Army outpost, built to keep peace between the Dakota people and settlers pouring in. It was also the site of multiple battles that were fought during the Dakota War of 1862. It was abandoned by the Army in 1867, and was then occupied by civilians, who would later dismantle it. 
    Currently the site, and the foundations of previous buildings are preserved by the Nicollet County Historical Society. Site is located off Minn. Hwy. 4, seven miles south of Fairfax
    Camping is available at Fort Ridgely State Park.  The park contains a golf park, hiking, biking and horseback trails in addition to camping.

Historical Site Contact:
Address: 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax, MN 55332
Phone: 507-426-7888 or 507-934-2160
Email: ftridgely@mnhs.org

Park Contact:
Address: 72516 County Road 30 Fairfax, MN 55332
Phone: 507-426-7840
Fax: 507-426-7112
Email: fortridgely.statepark@state.mn.us

Contact park for camping rates
 
Fort Hours:
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day
Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open Monday holidays.

Fort Admission:
Adults: $5
Seniors (65+), Students with ID, and Children 6-17: $3
Children under 5 and MHS members: Free

Minnesota State Park Vehicle Permit required.