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

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♫ [ Music plays ] ♫

[ Laughter ]

VOICE: You're not looking at houses
or power lines and stuff like that.
It's just you and nature.

VOICE: Any time you’re on this river,
you never really know quite for sure what you’re
going to see when you go around the corner.

[ Geese honking ]


VOICE: Just one of the most unique places
here in North America…this beautiful, clean river
flowing down through the middle of it.
And it's a sight to behold.

[ Laughter, birds singing  ]

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From first-time tubers to white-water kayakers and hikers to nature watchers, the Niobrara National Scenic River offers something for everyone.

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.

Last updated: May 6, 2020

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