76 miles of Free-Flowing Fun

With a little something for everyone, the Niobrara National Scenic River is a destination for crossing adventures off your bucket list. Most popular for river recreation, you can float the Niobrara River on a canoe, tube, or kayak as a beginner and have a blast. Hiking, biking, and wildlife watching keep our visitors busy. Oh! And we haven't even told you about the waterfalls yet.

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Enjoy the natural soundscape of the Niobrara National Scenic River.

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What to Know Before You Go

Make the most of your river trip with our paddle guides, advice on renting equipment and what to know before you float.

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Top Ten Tips for the Niobrara NSR

Just in time for Great Outdoors Month in June, rangers share their insider tips for visiting the Niobrara NSR.

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Niobrara River Challenge

To inspire people getting out and exploring the Niobrara National Scenic River complete the Niobrara River Challenge!

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People of the Niobrara

Hear the stories of the people who know these waters best.

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Searching for what makes us well.

See how you can tap into finding wellness while you explore the National Parks.

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Nature of the Niobrara

Explore the natural characteristics along the Niobrara National Scenic River. From waterfalls to Sandhills prairie there is much to discover

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Niobrara Activities for Kids

Cool activities and videos for your kids to explore the Niobrara River!

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What is a Wild & Scenic River?

To become a National Scenic River, a river stretch must meet certain criteria and they must have site-specific outstanding remarkable values

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Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are an important part of the National Park Service mission! Learn more about volunteers and what they do for Niobrara NSR!

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Weather Report

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Last updated: December 8, 2022

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214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201


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