The United States Congress designated the Soldier Creek Wilderness (map
) in 1986 and it now has a total of 7,794 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nebraska
and is managed by the Forest Service.
From the 1870s to after World War II, Fort Robinson soldiers pastured their horses, gathered wood, and relaxed along Soldier Creek, now a playground for elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, turkeys, coyotes, bobcats, eagles, and hawks. Here the ponderosa pine-covered ridges of northwest Nebraska give way to grassy upland parks. And while the Wilderness is recovering from a wildfire that destroyed about 90 percent of the pine trees in July 1989, the devastation wrought by those raging flames will be evident for a long time to come. Several well-developed trails loop through the area, which shares a border with Fort Robinson State Park. Old windmills spaced around Soldier Creek continue to draw up water. Horse packers can saddle up at the Soldier Creek Trailhead corral.