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“Best Time Ever!”
Review of Niobrara River

Niobrara River
Ranked #134 of 503 things to do in Nebraska
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

My friends and I decided last minute to rent a cabin for my birthday over labor day weekend. Lee (the owner) was very nice and accommodating. They got us a cabin ready during this VERY busy time. The cabin was cute and cozy. it was stocked with everything we needed to cook and sleep. It was clean and comfortable. When we checked in they were prompt to pick us up and take us to the river at the time we had asked them to pick us up. While floating we saw eagles and other wildlife. It was such a relaxing experience that we actually took longer than the time they thought it would take to get to the pick up point. (we were 45 mins late). I was very nervous that they may have left us since it was dusk. When we saw the pick up spot, the southern gentleman was patiently waiting for us. He loaded all of our things in the van took us back to the cabin and had a smile on his face the whole time. That night Lee came to check on us and make sure we had everything we needed. Every person who we encountered working there was above and beyond helpful. I would recommend this place over anywhere to stay if you want to have a great time, enjoyable experience and relaxing vacation.

2  Thank Anthony L
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I stayed here the beginning of August for 3 days with some co-workers. I was a little worried due to some of the reviews but was pleasantly surprised. The cabins are spacious - we stayed in South cabin and there was more than enough room for 6 of us - The cabins were clean, they weren't the Hilton but you can't expect that when you stay in the middle of nowhere in a cabin. Everything in the cabin worked and the views were beautiful. The staff working at the NRR were all great and very accommodating. Lee's attitude is exaggerated, he's not really that bad, if you treat him with respect. Offer him a beer and listen to his jokes, he'll be decent to you. The tubing itself was a lot of fun - no complaints at all there. My advice - 1) This is a nice place to stay despite some of the negative reviews, 2) if you require 5 star amenities then you probably should not be staying in this neck of the woods in the 1st place. 3) Pack all of your staples because the town of Sparks honestly has a population of 5 - I didn't see any other towns nearby.

Thank ToddsFro
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We had a party of 43 and split the Pine and Walnut cabins. These two cabins were beautiful and the views were incredible. They were also very clean and everyone loved the beds. Lee, the owner, was very accommodating to us as the outfitter for kayaking one day and tubing the next day. He made everything so convenient for us, especially with our big group of people. He even picked us up on our door step! We could have not asked for anything better. Our weekend was amazing, and we would definitely recommend the Niobrara River Ranch!!

Thank Kelly A
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just got home from a great weekend spent at the Niobrara River Ranch. After reading some of the negative reviews we were worried about what we would find. What we found was great and clean cabins, fantastic views, fun river rafting and an owner (Lee) that was very accommodating.
We had over 40 people at three cabins and it was hard to find anything to complain about. We had one minor issue and Lee took care of it to our satisfaction. We tried to treat Lee like we would expect to be treated and did a great job. Just make sure that if you are going rafting and he says the bus leaves at 10:30 you had better be there because the bus leaves at 10:30 with or without you. (we all made it)
We are talking about going back again in two years as for our next family reunion.

1  Thank stevedana
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Niobrara is a beautiful river, however be advised it is a party river - at least on the Saturday in July when we visited. If you want your float sans floating vomit and Tone Loc blaring from portable boom boxes go another time or place. Little Outlaw was an efficient enough organization, however liberals (which I am) with thin skin (not so much) may not appreciate the bus driver’s jokes (Really, you’re from rural Nebraska and hate the President…you don’t say! zzz).

3  Thank jsgopher
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