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214 W Highway 20, Valentine, NE 69201-2005
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Reviewed January 14, 2019

As always, the rangers here were ridiculously kind. My boys did the Junior Ranger program, we hiked at Smith Falls State Park, and we drove to the Niobrara Wildlife Refuge. Lots to do!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank SarahTSears
Reviewed September 17, 2018

we had read about this drive,so decided to drive it,it was a beautiful drive lots of stop off places,even had a picnic on the way,if ever in this area take a side trip and do it,it worth the drive

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kimk3456
Reviewed August 11, 2018

An evening walk. We hoped to spot a bison or two, but did not. So we walked few miles in the Nature Reserve and found a lovely peaceful and unspoiled countryside. The Niobrara is one of this country's lesser-known rivers and it takes you back...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DGB41
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This was a TON of fun and very relaxing. Tubing is the way to go with a tow behind cooler tube. Fairly shallow river for families. Very scenic and historic as several outlaws from our nation's history used spots along this river as hideouts.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank myschat2018
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Only very very rarely deeper than adult knee-high, with only gentle rapids, this is an ideal river for conservative or elderly or very young people. It might be boring for adventurous thrill-seeking teenagers. Tubing is relaxing but slow. Kayaking is about twice as fast with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

The visitor's center is a MUST STOP. They have a brand new video that is excellent. Lots of wonderful information and a great map. I can't wait to come back and actually take a trip down the river.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ckcpurple
Reviewed October 26, 2017

Best thing to see in this part of Nebraska. River is beautiful and scenic. Lots of tubing, kayak and canoe operators around the river and the town of Valentine. Definitely worth a visit when in the area.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank SCTravelForFun
Reviewed October 3, 2017

What an amazing area complete with river great for canoeing or kayaking, six ecosystems to enjoy and compare perhaps with your home ecosystem, and enough walks to let you enjoy the outdoor serenity. We walked a short unpaved trail which was easy enough for my...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Rowerbabe
Reviewed September 21, 2017

My wife and I did a guided float with the Park Service. Had a great time. It was a four hour float and we had the water to ourselves.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank TimRiL
Reviewed September 16, 2017

I canoed the Niobrara River on a hot July weekend with three friends. We rented two canoes from Graham Canoe Outfitters in Valentine, NE and launched early on Sunday morning at the Fort Niobrara NWR boat ramp just outside of town. (There is a $1/person...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Response from ruth w | Reviewed this property |
The best part of the river is from Cornell bridge to Smith Falls State Park. It is more scenic. There is not a sign to Cornell Bridge, so we drove way out of the way. So if you see a sign points to Fort Niobrara National... More