Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

39983 Refuge Rd.
Valentine, NE 69201- Map It
Phone: (402) 376-3789

AAA Editor Notes

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. Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.).
Grounds free. Launch fee for canoes, kayaks and tubes $1 per person.
Hours: Grounds open daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center open daily 8-4:30, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, rest of year. Closed major holidays.