Nebraska's Official State Celebration
For over 50 years, NEBRASKAland Days has thrilled and entertained tens of thousands of visitors to North Platte's exceptional celebration. Come enjoy four nights of PRCA Buffalo Bill Rodeo action, the Junior Rodeo, family night, US Cellular Summer Jam Concert
Whatever outdoor adventure you’re looking for, Dusty Trails can create it for you. Horseback riding in the scenic Loess Canyons, tanking or canoeing on the Platte River, and even Cowboy Mounted Shooting.
Dusty Trails, LLC is located at 2615 N. Buffalo Bill Avenue in North Platte. Visit dustyt
Antiques Give Grain Bins New Life
In the hills south of North Platte is evidence of what happens when an idea comes to life.
Grain Bin Antique Town is one of those small treasures you just about have to get lost to find. It is a collection of 16 octagonal, Depression-era
THE NEBRASKA BADLANDS are a rugged, unforgiving and sometimes dangerous place. Stagecoach bandits, fugitive gunmen and desperate natives often found the terrain – if not inviting – at least a conveniently foreboding sanctuary when needed.
From time immemorial, lives have ended here, wit
Enders SRA is located 5 miles east and 4.5 miles south of Imperial, NE. The reservoir has many offerings to those wishing to enjoy one of Nebraska’s best reservoirs.
The SRA is a combination of recreational and wildlife lands.
For recreation the SRA cannot be be
When the sun rises just right, the homestead where Gordon Howard was born 78 years ago in a two-story sod house is touched by the shadow of Chimney Rock. The iconic landmark that served as an important milestone to roughly half a million westward pioneers in the 1800s has been a part of his life eve
It’s the best of the west with the click of a mouse! See our 2016 Journey publication here.
We’ve gone digital, and we’ve brought along all the need to know info for those traveling the square state this year. Each region of the west is represented—Pine Ridge, San
Buffalo Bill State Historical Park
While approaching North Platte from Interstate 80, one of the first landmarks seen is Fort Cody Trading Post.
Fort Cody is an old-fashioned roadside attraction. Outside it looks like a log stockade; inside it is a combination gift shop and museum, with Buffalo
Mountain Biking in Western Nebraska
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL fall Sunday afternoon at Potter’s Pasture. Four riders on mountain bikes are lined up, adrenaline pumping, ready to begin the Ride-Run-Ride biathlon. Steve Potter, the honorary starter with two cracked ribs, hoarsely calls BIKERS
Bison, Elk, Birdwatching and Canoeing
Five miles east of Valentine on Highway 12, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge is home to dust-raising herds of bison and elk. A 3.5-mile driving tour provides up close views. The bison are often encountered crossing the refuge road. While near the herds,
Photo by Steve & Bobbi Olson
Frontier Village on Nebraska's High Western Plains
The High Plains Homestead/Drifter Cookshack features “cowboy-sized” meals. Lodging is available, and there’s a blacksmith shop, antique store and Dirty Creek Saloon. (308) 665-2592.
The High Pl
Nebraska Memorabilia and Genealogy in Alliance
Displays at the 19,000-square-foot Knight Museum and Sandhills Center span many aspects of western life, including an extensive display of Native
American artifacts, railroad memorabilia, military history from the Indian Wars to Alliance’s Wor
Learn the History of Fur in Chadron, Nebraska
The Museum of the Fur Trade is located at the site of a trading post operated by the American Fur Company from 1837 to 1876. The building has been reconstructed on the original foundation. The museum’s three galleries go far beyond local history
Enjoy Fantastic Mountain Bike Trails in Pine Ridge, Nebraska
The Pine Ridge Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest is 52,000 acres of ponderosa pine and mixed grass prairies.
The forest has about 80 miles of marked trails. They are known as some of the best mountain biking trails
Nebraska's Largest State Park - Where Crazy Horse Surrendered
Fort Robinson State Park is three miles west of Crawford on Highway 20. It began in 1874 as a military camp at the Red Cloud Indian Agency. Now, the park is one of Nebraska’s most popular attractions.
Lakota warrior Crazy Horse
Lake McConaughy is the Biggest Reservoir in Nebraska
What the old-time cowboys needed, but didn’t have, was a really big lake in which to cool off. Eight miles northeast of Ogallala, Lake McConaughy is Nebraska’s largest reservoir. At full capacity, McConaughy is four miles wide, 22 m
Lincoln Highway - Main Street Across Nebraska
The Lincoln HIghway (US HWY 30) was the United States' first transcontinental highway and cuts through the heart of Western Nebraska's Wild West region.
The highway trace historic routes followed first by Native Americans and also s
The Western Trails Scenic Byway starts in Ogallala and runs northwest along US Highway 26 to the Wyoming border. The byway passes the length of Lake McConaughy then travels on through the towns of Lewellen, Oshkosh, Broadwater, Bridgeport, Bayard, Scottsbluff, Mitchell and many other s
The most popular route through the Sandhills is Nebraska Highway 2, deemed the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. For the westbound traveler, Highway 2 heads northwest from Grand Island, passes the Nebraska National Forest at Halsey, crosses the lake country of the western Sandhills, then exits
Special events throughout the year create unforgettable family memories at Western Nebraska’s only zoo. Birthday parties, live music concerts, after hours events and holiday celebrations have visitors, and the zoo’s big cats, roaring loudly with approval. (308) 630-6236.
Late December through the first weekend of March. Water discharged from the Kingsley Hydroplant creates open water on Lake Ogallala, attracting bald eagles. View from the heated facility below the dam. (800) 658-4390.