Dawes County is located east of Sioux County near the state’s northwest corner. Chadron, population 5,800, is its largest town and county seat. The region celebrates its history in trapping and frontier trade at the Museum of the Fur Trade. Fort Robinson State Park in Crawford preserves the area’s military history and is Nebraska’s largest state park.
The nearly 100,000 acres of the Oglala National Grassland along with state land and Nebraska National Forest property combine to make Dawes County home to the most publicly accessible land in any region in the state. There are plenty of opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, photography, mountain biking and other activities.
For more information about Dawes County contact Northwest Nebraska Tourism at (308) 432-4401.