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Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

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Great Wildlife Place

This is a great place to see some of Nebraska's nature. There's a nice gravel path for walking on... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
North Platte, Nebraska
Wildlife Discovery

Very natural settings. Plenty of flora and fauna to see. Not much in the way of amenities, but a... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2018
Luke H
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39679 Pony Lake Rd, Valentine, NE 69201-2402
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a great place to see some of Nebraska's nature. There's a nice gravel path for walking on the east side of US-83. On the west side, there's a driving tour of the refuge. If you want to see animals, take your time on...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Very natural settings. Plenty of flora and fauna to see. Not much in the way of amenities, but a good place to explore and photograph.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Luke H
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Stop at the Marsh Lake Overlook and Nature Trail to pick-up a guide to the Little Hay Road Wildlife Drive and other helpful info first! We took the Little Hay Road Wildlife Drive (25mi/hr and less at times) gravel road in our minivan without difficulty....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed October 25, 2017

Our trip through the refuge merely consisted of what we saw driving through it on US Hwy 83 and utilizing the parking area by North Marsh Lake. At this location is a kiosk describing the flora and fauna that one could spot in the refuge....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Paul K
Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

In September I take a solo trip to areas I’ve never been before always off the beaten path I did a western tour, Colorado Wyoming Montana, North Dakota South Dakota Kansas staying off the Interstate,I stayed in valentine for two Nights at a wonderful small...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Too many folks avoid starting their river trips on the NWR because you can't bring alcoholic beverages onto the refuge. Cornell bridge is the place to start you trip. Some of the best parts of the river are on the refuge. We partied after our...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank JoRoOmaha
Reviewed July 25, 2017

The Refuge was incredibly desolate. We saw some cool bird and a deer and lots of sandhills. The box lakes were beautiful and picturesque.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank han102016
Reviewed July 23, 2017

Took a ride down 83 out of Valentine to the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge after dinner. Was impressed by size of lakes but the roads are all sandy gravel. We were hoping to see some wildlife but only spotted a wind turkey.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Bob A
Reviewed June 3, 2017

We picked up a self-guided tour at the overlook area. Don't be confused at the gate. While the gates are chain-locked, there is a drive through area next to the gate with a cattle gate in the ground so the animals don't leave the refuge....More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed January 18, 2017

We visited the refuge twice this year and there were different animals to view both times. The refuge boasts elk and bison herds as well as frolicking prairie dogs and numerous species of birds. It's an oasis in the sand hills!

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank emilygarrisonlenz
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