Niobrara National Scenic River

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Niobrara Information

Niobrara National Scenic River enjoys high water quality, diverse life, and fossil-filled sandstone cliffs. Enjoy junior and adult ranger programs.

This 76-mile reach of the Niobrara River in northcentral Nebraska preserves a superb example of a Great Plains river and protects a unique ecological crossroads where six distinct ecosystems and their associated flora and fauna mix. The western third of the Scenic River is home to over two hundred waterfalls -- highest is Smith Falls that plunges sixty-three feet over a sandstone cliff. Many locally-owned ranches are found along the river retaining the valley's rural flavor, yet much of its wild character is preserved. Wildlife abounds: animals such as white-tailed deer, coyote, beaver, mink, bull snakes, soft-shelled turtles, turkeys, herons, and sandpipers are commonly sighted.

Making an Impact

Visiting Niobrara

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Map of the Park

Niobrara National Scenic River
P.O. Box 319
Valentine , NE

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