Not Ordinary, Extraordinary

The Niobrara National Scenic River is not just the premier recreation river in Nebraska. It is a unique crossroads where many species of plants and animals coexist unlike anywhere else. High water quality and the relatively free-flowing nature of the Niobrara support diverse life while unique fossil-filled sandstone cliffs host over 200 waterfalls.

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Two children and an adult enjoy canoeing on the Niobrara National Scenic River.

Ranger-guided Canoe/Kayak Floats

Niobrara National Scenic River will partner with outfitters to offer several ranger-guided canoe floats this summer. Join the fun!

A prairie dog peers out of its hole.

Fort Niobrara Ranger-guided Programs

Discover the wildlife along the Niobrara NSR with a park ranger at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.

Children watch as a park ranger shows a snapping turtle skull at a Junior Ranger program.

Junior Ranger Programs

Kids can join a park ranger at Smith Falls State Park for a hands-on program to discover some of the special things about the Niobrara NSR.

Crafts may include a paper turtle, a pipe-cleaner dragonfly, or a cotton ball mammoth.

Kids' Activities

Kids are invited to the Visitor Center on Saturdays for crafts and hands-on activities that will help them discover the Niobrara NSR.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201


(402) 376-1901
Call us during regular business hours to speak directly with a park ranger.

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