Wildflowers add to the inherent beauty of the Niobrara National Scenic River valley. Because the valley is known as a major biological crossroads in the midwest, wildflowers are abundant along the lowland and upland slopes. Spring branch canyons with cool north-facing slopes provide excellent habitat for several species of plants including verbena, aster, prairie coneflower, beggar-ticks, sneezeweed, and Nuttall's sunflower. In addition to these common species, the Scenic River is home to several threatened and endangered species.
Did You Know?
The Niobrara exhibits an unusual pattern of wave action during higher water levels called surge flow. Waves up to three feet high form and migrate upriver for short periods of time before disappearing. Click "More" to visit the Niobrara National Scenic River "Hydrology" page. More...