• The Niobrara National Scenic river comes alive with color in the fall.

    Niobrara

    National Scenic River Nebraska

Directions

Getting There
Most visitors travel to Valentine, Nebraska to start their float trip or to tour the river valley. The Niobrara National Scenic River Headquarters office is located in Valentine at 214 W. Highway 20. If the office is closed, please visit the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street to obtain park information. Other nearby communities have information about this scenic river as well.


Plane
The nearest major airports are in Rapid City, SD (220 miles); Denver, CO (391 miles); and Omaha, NE (300 miles)

Car
Valentine is 76 miles south of I-90 (Murdo, SD Exit) on Hwy 83; or 130 miles north of I-80 (North Platte, NE Exit) on Hwy 83

 
Allen Bridge
Allen Bridge was built in 1903 and is the longest single span bridge across the Niobrara (188'). It is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures.
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Prairie, forests, and river meet

Six distinct ecosystems blend along 76 miles of river: eastern deciduous forest, Rocky Mountain montane forest, northern boreal forest, eastern tall-grass prairie, Sandhills mixed-grass and western short-grass prairie. Click "More" to visit the Niobrara National Scenic River "Nature & Science" page. More...