Not Ordinary, Extraordinary

The 76 miles of the Niobrara National Scenic River winds through dramatic bluffs, incredible wildlife diversity, gorgeous waterfalls, world-class fossil resources, and plenty of floating fun for the whole family. Less than 1/4 of one percent of US rivers are designated under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Come discover why this prairie river has earned this honor. Read More

A child paddles a kayak upstream with a reddish bluff towering behind him.

Outstandingly Remarkable Values

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

Group of visitors tubing on the Niobrara River

Niobrara NSR Virtual Visit

Visit the Niobrara National Scenic River from the comfort of your couch! Watch the park film, get your stamp, and enjoy a virtual float.

In a still shot from a video, four people float on tubes in front of a waterfall on the Niobrara.

Videos of the Niobrara NSR

Short videos featuring the river's biodiversity, local history, fossils, the importance of water, and tips to be a good river steward.

A tooth with a wavy bite pattern is held in the fingers of a hand

Check out National Fossil Day!

National Fossil Day is October 14, 2020. Niobrara NSR is known for its unique fossils and paleontology; see what you can discover here!

River waves in foreground, the blue waters of the Niobrara National Scenic River

Write Out

Everyone is invited! Spend quiet time along the river and write about your river experiences and its importance to you.

Last updated: October 20, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201

Phone:

(402) 376-1901

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