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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

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Valentine is a great scenic weekend getaway road trip spot. The refuge area along the Niobrara... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dakota Dunes, South Dakota
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Lots of bison and prairie dogs!

What a wonderful drive through refuge. Bison up close and personal. Don't miss the falls, which are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Youngstown, Ohio
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Prairie dogs, antelope and buffalo are some of the animals that can be spotted at this wildlife refuge.
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Valentine is a great scenic weekend getaway road trip spot. The refuge area along the Niobrara River is serene and expansive. The water falls, bison herd, prairie dog field and open grasslands make it breathtaking.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After spending the day in the car, this was a great little hike before we ate dinner and spent the night in town.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Diane B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful drive through refuge. Bison up close and personal. Don't miss the falls, which are a short hike through well-maintained paths and include metal staircases.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank hern2
Reviewed April 23, 2019

Went there is March, so visitor center not open on the weekend. The wild life drive was great, saw elk, praire dogs,a badger. Be aware the roads can be muddy. If you go, be sure to hike down to the falls and to the upper...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

We recently toured the refuge as a side trip when we visited a friend who is a traveling nurse working in Valentine, NE. What a surprise! The refuge is a wonderful combination of prarie grassland and a beautiful river gorge with multiple waterfalls. The park...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 10, 2018

During the hours just before dusk, we failed to see much wildlife, but the roads are well maintained and the landscapes quite beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lewisplace
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Really cool side trip during a visit to Prairie Club. Plenty of buffalo and gophers to view, plus other wildlife. Highly worth an hour of your time to see a rare part of nature and history.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jeff C
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

This waterfall is located in the wildlife refuge. It’s very steep but has good steps and railing. Well worth the walk. You will drive through the prairie dog town on your way to the falls. Stop and watch for awhile. They’re cute.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sunsetred42
Reviewed August 28, 2018

I was hoping to see elk or bison but they were hiding while I was there. The abundance of prairie dogs and sunflowers made up for it. The hike to the waterfall was easy and fun, and the falls are lovely. I wish the trail...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Seahawkfan12
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We drove through and it was nice to see the animals. A nice way to spend an afternoon in the car. The kids will love it.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Paula J
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May 16, 2019|
Response from PAtraveler04 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. There were limited hiking trails. I would contact the refuge directly at their web site.