No one figure personifies the frontier spirit better than William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, the west's most colorful showman, army scout, and buffalo hunter. The legacy of the life and times of Buffalo Bill lives on at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Cody's elegant Second Empire house, built in 1886, and huge barn sit on 25 acres of what was originally a 4,000-acre spread that Cody called Scout's Rest Ranch. Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area offers camping and hiking right next door, as well as great fishing access to the North Platte River.
Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area offers Electric Plus, Electric and Basic camping. The recreation area offers 23 camping pads with 50-amp hookups and of these, 18 sites have 30-amp hookups and five sites have 50-amp hookups. The area also offers eight non-pad Basic campsites without electricity. Camping is all first-come, first-served and campers register their nightly camping fees in a raised, locked box called an Iron Ranger.