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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Valentine, NE
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+1 402-376-3789

Prairie dogs, antelope and buffalo are some of the animals that can be...

Prairie dogs, antelope and buffalo are some of the animals that can be spotted at this wildlife refuge.

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Beautiful vibrant colors in the Fall, short walk down to the waterfall, and Mother Nature at its' best - I love Niobrara Falls.

Reviewed 10 November 2016
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

Beautiful vibrant colors in the Fall, short walk down to the waterfall, and Mother Nature at its' best - I love Niobrara Falls.

Thank Ngoc T
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

We saw a few prairie dogs and a really pretty waterfall. The buffalo were moved to their winter pasture and the elk were hiding. The ranger was very helpful and he directed us to Smith Falls State Park which had a great water falls.

Thank Julie W
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This small wildlife refuge highlights northern Nebraska's beauty. We visited on a evening when weather had cooled off from the prior hot weather. the prairie dogs were out running around, chirping at the intrusion. You can park and hike to a secluded waterfall or just slowly drive the paved roads in an extremely peaceful setting. The choice is yours !

Thank Bev W
Pinconning, Michigan
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

I drove in here to see Fort Falls, which is an awesome waterfall. Along the way, I also was able to see many prairie dogs just hanging out doing their thing. I was the only one visiting the falls, and it was an enjoyable, short hike. I was also able to get to the Niobrara River from there. There are... More 

Thank gittinsj
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The drive through the wildlife area was pretty and quiet, but we didn't see much in the way of wildlife. Sure they were there, but not out and about on a September morning. Still worth driving through when in the Valentine, NE area.

Thank Huskr
Omaha, Nebraska
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

You drive quite a while and the only thing we saw were two prairie dogs. No bison or elk through the refuge. The visitor center was closed when we arrived.

Thank Judy7751
Lake Dallas, United States
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This was one of the smaller wildlife refuges. Very much enjoyed the prairie dog town. They weren't afraid of us and would stand up on their back legs and bark at us. We saw a buffalo out of their herd and Elk besides.

Thank Loretta V
Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

We visited on a Saturday when the visitors' centre was closed! We were still able to drive ourselves around the gravel roadways and saw lots of prairie dogs but no buffalo or elk. My suggestion is to call ahead on a day when the visitors' centre is open and ask if the buffalo and elk are there - if not,... More 

Thank Roy K
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

Arrived too late to visit the Visitor's Center - but was free to drive the gravel roadways through a fenced in (controlled) prairie grassland with sizeable herds of elk and bison. Great photo opportunities and occasional close encounters when the huge animals desire to exercise their rights to cross and sometimes stop in the middle of the road.

Thank dlautenb
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Great drive through herds of Buffalo and Elk in a scenic grassland next to the beautiful Niobrara River with one of the best waterfalls in Nebraska.

Thank Rex G

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