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


    National Scenic River Nebraska

Outdoor Activities

The Niobrara National Scenic River and surrounding area offers a wide array of outdoor activites. Besides, river recreation, there are opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, lake fishing, and more. Visit the Valentine Chamber of Commerce web site for area activity and event information.


Floating the River: Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing

Most visitors to the Niobrara rent equipment from private businesses. Some bring their own boats and equipment and either contact an outfitter for a shuttle or plan to shuttle themselves.

Navigating Fritz rapids in spring conditions(Class II)
Canoers enjoy the Class II- rapid at Fritz's Island in spring water conditions
NPS Photo

Horseback Riding:

A some area buisnesses offer equestrian activities. Check with the Valentine Chamber of Commerce for current opportunities.


Hiking, Cycling, and Birding:

The Cowboy Trail, a rails to trails route from Norfolk to Valentine Nebraska, is designed for hiking, cycling, and distance running in addition to equestrian use.

Nearby Attractions include wildlife refuges and recreation areas that offer opportunities for hiking and birding, and more.

Did You Know?

Eastern Bailey's Woodrat

The Niobrara is a crossroads of habitats where many species are on the edge of their range. 83 eastern species reach their western range limits and 47 western species approach their eastern limits here. Click "More" to visit the Niobrara National River "Nature & Science" page. More...