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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

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Valentine, NE
+1 402-376-3789
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Bison, ground hogs, water fall, great for all young kids

On our road trip this was a nice place to get out of the car and see some bison, ground hogs, some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GasEngineer
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So beautiful

This area is so beautiful. Even though it is fall is it still gorgeous. There is nothing like... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Eitzy820
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Sioux City, Iowa
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Prairie dogs, antelope and buffalo are some of the animals that can be spotted at this wildlife refuge.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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“bison” (28 reviews)
“prairie dogs” (34 reviews)
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Valentine, NE
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+1 402-376-3789
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our road trip this was a nice place to get out of the car and see some bison, ground hogs, some water falls on a short hike and then throw some rocks and sticks in the river. The road is a graded road our...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

This area is so beautiful. Even though it is fall is it still gorgeous. There is nothing like enjoying nature's majestic views!! You must visit!

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Situated on the outskirts of Valentine, Nebraska, this wildlife refuge offers a host of activities for those who love the outdoors. Our time was limited so we did the drive-through tour of the refuge hoping to spot elk, bison or a burrowing owl. We stopped...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Ft. Niobrara National Widlife Refuge is a few miles east of Valentine on Nebraska Highway 12. The entrance road descended through several geologic layers before crossing the Niobrara River. (If you are floating or paddling on the nine miles of river within the refuge, this...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

This had a great view of the whole area from the top of the lookout area. We were a little disappointed because we didn't see any of the buffalo or elk, but we did see lots of prairie dogs. We were there in mid September...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

My wife and I did a guided float with the Park Service and had terrific time. We kayaked with 2 guides through the Refuge part of the river. We were on the water for 4 hours and it was free. What a terrific day trip...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

The buffalo are on the range nearer the highway, but this is an interesting park with an informative self-guided tour.

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Our second time was not nearly as enjoyable. We saw lots of prairie dogs. However, we drove and drove and never saw one hint of a buffalo. There are NO signs so, at one point, I think we actually drove out of the park but...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

Heading west to our final destination at Mount Rushmore, we passed through Valentine NE and saw signs for the Fort Niobrara NWR -- so glad we stopped in for a chat with Vanessa, a thoroughly knowledgeable staffer. Helped us find the area's best places to...More

1  Thank Stew S
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We decided to make a quick visit before leaving Valentine. My daughter (10 years old) loved the prairie dogs. We never could find any buffalo. The hike to Fort Falls was nice. The path was shady and cool even though it was a warm day.

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