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“Valentine refuge”

Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Valentine
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Owner description: Prairie dogs, antelope and buffalo are some of the animals that can be spotted at this wildlife refuge.
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“Valentine refuge”
Reviewed February 26, 2009

The valentine refuge is 4 miles east of valentine on highway 12. The refuge dose have a variety of birds in the area, including a pair of mating bald eagles. This has shut down part of the refuge to vehicle traffic so that it does not disturb the pair. The refuge also has a walking trail along the scenic Niobrara river that leads the Fort Niobrara falls. Known as Fort falls. This is one of three water falls on the river. During the winter it is worth the time to see due to the freezing water and ice.

Another fun time is the annual buffalo round up. This is the time when the park officals round up the buffalo in the park and herd them 10 to 15 at a time to the pens where they are checked, tagged, and given shots. The fun part is there are walk ways along the top of the pens and it is allowed to walk to pen and see these animals up close.

The visitors center however is small in size and dose not have many displays. The auto tour is self guided and there is a map that is free to help take the tour. The staff is very helpful and facility is very clean.

I would recomend this to famlies of all ages, avid bird watchers, and anyone just passing through.

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