• An explosion of light as the sun strikes the waters of the Missouri National Recreational River

    Missouri

    National Recreational River SD,NE

Scenic Byways

View of the Missouri River from Chief Standing Bear bridge
View of the Missouri National Recreational River from Chief Standing Bear bridge
NPS Photo
 

Lewis & Clark National Historic TrailThe Missouri National Recreational River corridor serves as a microcosm of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Nearly all the activities that the party was to engage in throughout the two and a half year journey were acted out in this region.

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Outlaw Trail Scenic Byways

Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway
This scenic route follows Nebraska Highway 12 for 231 miles. The highway retraces much of the path where outlaws such as Jesse James used to hideout - hence the byway's name. Dig a little deeper though and you will find much more.

Things to do include:

  • Visiting an area rich in Native American History including the Santee Sioux and Ponca Indian tribes.
  • Take a short detour off NE Hwy. 12 at Niobrara onto SD Hwy. 37 where you can cross the Chief Standing Bear Bridge and visit an overlook on the South Dakota side that contains waysides on the history of the area.
  • Stop in at Niobrara State Park where you can view the Missouri National Recreational River from promontories overlooking the 39 mile reach.
  • Stop at Valentine and visit the beautiful Niobrara National Scenic River.


 
Oyate Trail Scenic Byway

Oyate Trail
Traversing the southernmost portion of South Dakota, the Oyate Trail is a place where rich cultures meet across a wide swath of boundless Dakota prairie. Much of the trail follows along the banks of the Missouri National Recreational River.

Things to do include:

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