Niobrara River Challenge

Niobrara National Scenic River 30th anniversary logo with man carrying a kayak in front of a waterfall.
Niobrara National Scenic River 30th Anniversary.

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Niobrara National Scenic River Celebrates 30 Years!
 
Graphic of hiking boot with Niobrara River Challenge underneath
Niobrara River Challenge graphic

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Challenge yourself to explore the Niobrara River Valley to commemorate of the 30th anniversary of the Niobrara National Scenic River. Join the Niobrara River Challenge, by hiking, floating and seeing the film in the Visitor Center and earn a limited edition bandana courtesy of Cherry County Tourism.

The challenge can be done in any particular order. The challenge can be done at any time and we encourage participants to not try to complete the challenge all in one outing.
 
Ranger Selfie taken on hiking trail.
Ranger Bobbie snaps a selfie on the Fort Falls trail.

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Hike Fort Falls Trail
The trail at Fort Falls is an arduous 0.9 mile loop that showcases the geology of the Niobrara River Valley. For the Niobrara River Challenge a selfie must be taken at this rock outcropping with hiking sign visible! The coordinates are 42°54’7” N 100°28’13” W
 

Ft. Falls Trail

Hiking trail and sign looking uphill. Hiking trail and sign looking uphill.

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View of Ft. Falls Trail Selfie location looking uphill.
Credit: NPS/ B. Roshone

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View of Ft. Falls Trail Selfie location looking downhill.
Credit: NPS/ B. Roshone

The selfie location is at 42°54’7” N 100°28’13” W but here are some images of the uphill and downhill approach. 

 
Three people and a dog enjoy the river on inflatable tubes
Snap a selfie or have a friend take a photo of you enjoying a float.

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Float the Niobrara National Scenic River
Float any section of the Niobrara National Scenic River and take a selfie!
 
Chairs, selfie station, and theater
Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center theater and selfie station.

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Watch the film at the Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center
Enjoy the 20 minute award winning film Prairie River Home and check out the exhibits at the Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center. Snap a selfie in the theater at the selfie station!
 

Last updated: May 24, 2021

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