ALEX I have requested some high res, but, we should have one or 2 from previous Chadron articles somewhere if we must use.
Chadron is located at the foot of the Pine Ridge in Northwest Nebraska. You can easily get there by flying Southern Airways from Denver.
The Pine Ridge lies to Chadron’s south and east, characterized by steep cliffs, ravines, buttes, and ponderosa pine forests. Nebraska’s first State Park, Chadron State Park, is located just 8 miles south of Chadron, and much of the Pine Ridge is open to the public as part of the Nebraska National Forest. North and west of Chadron lies a vast expanse of treeless prairie.
Chadron is named for Louis B. Chartran, a manager of a fur trading post built in 1841 by Lancaster P. Lupton, near what are now the city reservoirs south of town.
Chadron State Park has 22 semi-furnished cabins, a modern campground with RV hookups, and a primitive campground for tent camping. The Park has a regulation-size swimming pool, volleyball and tennis courts, paddleboats, fishing, archery, horseback trail rides, a craft center and snack bar, mountain bike rentals, and five large picnic shelters. Miles of hiking trails branch across the Park and several extend to the National Forest, all offering breath-taking scenery and fun for all ages.
Cabins are available from mid-April to mid-November; primitive camping is allowed year-round.
30 Minutes outside of Chadron, you will find Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska’s largest. The park offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the West and visitors can enjoy learning about Old West history, hiking and biking, camping, great lodging, and sights of buffalo and longhorn cattle herds.
For you that are looking for more of a “local flavor” Chadron features at least 10 murals in their “Art Alley” for you selfie enthusiasts. Or, travel back to the days of the Old West with a walking tour of Historical Downtown Chadron.
Chadron is one of those hidden gems and is perfect for those craving some time outdoors and a feel of untouched history along the way.