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Overview of Rock Creek Station SHP

Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (SHP) is a park located in southeastern Nebraska, USA. This park is historically significant as it was once a stagecoach station on the Oregon Trail and a Pony Express station during the 1860s. It played an essential role in westward expansion and is now preserved to educate the public about the pioneer era.

Camping Information

Campsite Types and Availability: Rock Creek Station SHP offers a variety of camping facilities, including tent camping sites and a limited number of RV sites with electrical hookups. The park typically has spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis, but it's a good idea to check ahead for availability, especially during peak travel seasons or special events.

Facilities and Amenities:

  • Modern restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station for RVs
  • All campsites typically include a picnic table and a fire ring for cooking and campfires

Activity Options:

  • Hiking trails: The park has several miles of hiking trails that meander through the prairie and woodland areas.
  • Historical site tours: Visitors can explore the reconstructed buildings and the Pony Express station.
  • Educational programs: Depending on the season, the park may offer living history events where actors and interpreters recreate the life and times of the 1860s.

Fees and Permits: A daily or annual Nebraska State Park permit is required for entry. Additional fees for camping may apply. These fees are used to maintain and improve the facilities. Check with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for the most current information on fees and purchasing options.

Wildlife and Nature: The park is a good place to view the natural flora and fauna of the Nebraska prairies. Native grasses, wildflowers, birds, and small mammals are common sights.

Firewood and Conservation: To prevent the spread of invasive species, campers should purchase firewood locally or gather dead and downed wood from the park ground, if allowed. Never bring firewood from other states or locations.

Weather Considerations: Nebraska experiences a range of weather conditions. Summers can be hot and winters very cold. Campers should be prepared for changing weather and potentially severe storms, especially during spring and fall.

Respecting the Environment

Leave No Trace: Campers and visitors to Rock Creek Station SHP should practice Leave No Trace principles. This includes packing out all trash, minimizing impacts on vegetation and wildlife, and respecting the historical resources.

Preservation of Historical Sites: Since Rock Creek Station is a historical park, it's important to treat all structures, artifacts, and landscapes with respect. Follow all park rules regarding historical areas, and do not remove or deface any structures or artifacts.


Accessibility for Disabled Visitors: The park strives to be accessible to all visitors. Some trails and facilities may be accessible for those with disabilities. Always check with the park directly for the most up-to-date information on accessibility.

Contact Information

For More Detailed Information: For the most current and detailed information regarding camping, fees, and regulations at Rock Creek Station SHP, contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission or visit their official website. You can also call the park directly for specific inquiries about your visit.

By keeping these important points in mind, campers can have a safe, enjoyable and educational experience at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park.

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