Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 4 mi. e. on SR 12, displays and propagates American bison and elk. The 19,130-acre site also shelters deer, prairie dogs and upland birds. The visitor center's exhibits focus on the 1879 Fort Niobrara, paleontology and natural history. The 4,635-acre Fort Niobrara Wilderness Area is ideal hiking country; the Niobrara River is part of the Wild and Scenic River System. An automobile tour route, a scenic nature trail, and canoeing and tubing opportunities are available.