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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 19 things to do in Valentine Features Animals
Valentine, NE
+1 402-376-3789
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Heading west to our final destination at Mount Rushmore, we passed through Valentine NE and saw... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Stew S
New Orleans, Louisiana
Loved the prairie dogs!

We decided to make a quick visit before leaving Valentine. My daughter (10 years old) loved the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kelli H
De Queen, Arkansas
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Prairie dogs, antelope and buffalo are some of the animals that can be spotted at this wildlife refuge.
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Valentine, NE
+1 402-376-3789
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Heading west to our final destination at Mount Rushmore, we passed through Valentine NE and saw signs for the Fort Niobrara NWR -- so glad we stopped in for a chat with Vanessa, a thoroughly knowledgeable staffer. Helped us find the area's best places to...More

Thank Stew S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to make a quick visit before leaving Valentine. My daughter (10 years old) loved the prairie dogs. We never could find any buffalo. The hike to Fort Falls was nice. The path was shady and cool even though it was a warm day.

Thank Kelli H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

People in the visitors center were very helpful. Best part of the auto tour was all of the prairie dogs.

Thank cityglow
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We took a drive to the scenic overlook first. This provided us with the overview to see just how big this refuge really is. Bison and elk proved to be elusive, we were able to have fun viewing birds and prairie dogs. There is also...More

Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge was our first stop in Valentine while visiting the Niobrara scenic river. The park office gives you all the information to sight animals and reach the Fort falls. The walk from the Parking to the Fort falls is a stair-way...More

Thank Patheeka
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

So...we had to wing it. The map didn't really explain where to find the bison or elk - which appear to actually be down a long state road so would be very hard to locate. The wildlife loop does take you by Prather dogs but...More

Thank Nav1go
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This wildlife refuge is small but nice. We saw MANY prairie dogs and some bison but no elk (unfortunately). Maybe it's just that time of year. What we did find was a great hiking path to the Fort Falls then on down to the river....More

Thank lak1154
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Beautiful vibrant colors in the Fall, short walk down to the waterfall, and Mother Nature at its' best - I love Niobrara Falls.

Thank Ngoc T
Reviewed 7 October 2016

We saw a few prairie dogs and a really pretty waterfall. The buffalo were moved to their winter pasture and the elk were hiding. The ranger was very helpful and he directed us to Smith Falls State Park which had a great water falls.

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This small wildlife refuge highlights northern Nebraska's beauty. We visited on a evening when weather had cooled off from the prior hot weather. the prairie dogs were out running around, chirping at the intrusion. You can park and hike to a secluded waterfall or just...More

Thank Bev W
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