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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 18 things to do in Valentine Features Animals
Valentine, NE
+1 402-376-3789
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Natural beauty

We took a drive to the scenic overlook first. This provided us with the overview to see just how... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephanie R
Lexington, Nebraska
Visit the Fort Falls!

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge was our first stop in Valentine while visiting the Niobrara... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hartford, Connecticut
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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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+1 402-376-3789
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 18 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 8 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 14 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
Reviewed 11 September 2016

I drove in here to see Fort Falls, which is an awesome waterfall. Along the way, I also was able to see many prairie dogs just hanging out doing their thing. I was the only one visiting the falls, and it was an enjoyable, short...More

Thank gittinsj
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The drive through the wildlife area was pretty and quiet, but we didn't see much in the way of wildlife. Sure they were there, but not out and about on a September morning. Still worth driving through when in the Valentine, NE area.

Thank Huskr
Reviewed 9 September 2016

You drive quite a while and the only thing we saw were two prairie dogs. No bison or elk through the refuge. The visitor center was closed when we arrived.

Thank Judy7751
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