The western frontier is alive and well at Chadron and northwest Nebraska. The Museum of the Fur Trade is the only museum dedicated to the frontier fur trade era. Clothing, firearms, knives, axes, quilts, kettles and James Bordeaux’s 1837 trading post bring the fur trade era to life. 6321 Highway 20. (308) 432-3843.
The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College preserves the memory of one of Nebraska’s most beloved writers. Sandoz grew up in the sand hills of neighboring Sheridan County. 1000 Main St. (308) 432-6401.
Chadron State Park was founded in 1921 as Nebraska’s first state park. This retreat in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge is popular with campers, fishermen and hikers. Mountain biking is exciting here and on adjacent Nebraska National Forest lands. Cabins, a swimming pool, picnic shelters, fishing pond and paddleboats are enjoyed by visitors. 15951 Highway 385. (308) 432-6167.
For more information about Chadron contact Northwest Nebraska Tourism at (308) 432-4401.