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Good Times in the Badlands
Good Times in the Badlands

Our Heritage Guest Ranch is a rock of the Badlands. Homesteaded by Swedish immigrants Andrew and Johanna Rosenburg in 1887, the ranch provided food and lodging to railroad crews toiling in the area all the live-long day. At night they returned for rest, a hearty meal and to have equipment repaire

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Gordon Howard's Chimney Rock
Gordon Howard's Chimney Rock

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

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Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center
Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center

What killed the bison?  Research it here. Highway 2 leads north to Oglala National Grassland, home of pronghorn, turkey, mule deer and burrowing owls. Toadstool Geologic Park is a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient volcanoes have eroded at different r

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Toadstool Geologic Park
Toadstool Geologic Park

  Strangest landscape in the Oglala National Grassland! Highway 2 leads north to Oglala National Grassland, home of pronghorn, turkey, mule deer and burrowing owls. Toadstool Geologic Park is regarded as a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient vo

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Oliver Reservoir State Reservation Area
Oliver Reservoir State Reservation Area

Enjoy the Water Near Kimball  Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area has a 270-acre lake for fishing and boating, and sandy beaches. (308) 254-2377.  For more information on Kimball, contact the Kimball/Banner County Chamber of Commerce on (308) 235-3782  or visit www.ci.kimball.

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Panorama Point - High Point of Nebraska
Panorama Point - High Point of Nebraska

Highest Point in Nebraska! Kimball bills itself as the “High Point of Nebraska.” The elevation of Panorama Point is 5,424 feet. It is easily walked to. The Kimball County Tourism offers tongue-in-cheek certificates to those who reach the summit. Call (308) 241-0573. For more inform

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War Memorial - Legion Park & Memorial Gardens
War Memorial - Legion Park & Memorial Gardens

Tallest Flagpole in Nebraska! Twenty-nine Sidney buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Sidney is the only Western Nebraska city with a “Historic District” designation. When a local man suggested erecting a flagpole for the War Memorial in Legion Park and Memorial

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Lake Ogallala & Bald Eagle Viewing Center
Lake Ogallala & Bald Eagle Viewing Center

Visit the Bald Eagle Viewing Center Just below Kingsley Dam is Lake Ogallala, known as the “little lake.” It covers about half a square mile and offers excellent fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch. It’s also a good backup destination if wind curtails water sports on

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 Lake McConaughy Visitor & Water Interpretive Center
Lake McConaughy Visitor & Water Interpretive Center

Nebraska's First Water Museum! The Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center is on the south side of the lake, nine miles north of Ogallala on Highway 61. Nebraska’s first water museum interprets the significance of water to Nebraska’s past, present and future. The center includ

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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Photo by Steve & Bobbi Olson Nebraska's Largest Reservoir 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 State Recreation Area is Nebraska’s largest reservoir. At full ca

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Haythorn Land and Cattle Co.
Haythorn Land and Cattle Co.

Quarter Horses, Wagon Rides and Chuck Wagon Dinners Seventeen miles northeast of town, Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. is a fifth-generation ranch offering wagon rides and chuck wagon dinners. They prepare and ship mesquite-smoked meats and homemade butter fudge across the nation. (308) 355-4000.

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Sutherland Reservoir
Sutherland Reservoir

Swim, Camp, Birdwatch and Fish in Sutherland Reservoir One mile south of town, Sutherland Reservoir offers swimming, camping and fishing. The area has good wildlife habitat, and bald eagles use it as a winter feeding area. For more information, contact the Sutherland Chamber of C

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Sandhill Crane Migration on Platte River
Sandhill Crane Migration on Platte River

Spring Migration of the Sandhill Cranes The North Platte River valley between North Platte and Sutherland hosts thousands of Sandhill Cranes during spring migration February to April. It is the largest gathering of cranes in the world, some half a million every year. The westernmost area of th

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Lake Maloney State Recreation Area
Lake Maloney State Recreation Area

Enjoy Water Sports at Lake Maloney Five miles south of town, Lake Maloney State Recreation Area offers fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, as well as archery, golf and wildlife observation.  For more information about North Platte, contact the North Platte/Lincoln County Conv

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Government Canyon
Government Canyon

Hiking, Biking and Bird Watching in Valentine Government Canyon is a 640-acre area of prime wildlife habitat offering hiking, biking, bird watching and hunting in specified areas.  For more information about Valentine area attractions, contact the Valentine Visitor Center at (800) 65

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Valentine State Fish Hatchery
Valentine State Fish Hatchery

Tour Valentine's Fish Hatchery Located in a pine-covered valley one mile east and one mile north of Valentine, the Valentine Fish Hatchery is one of five hatcheries in Nebraska. Because demand for fish exceeds natural supply, the state has operated hatcheries for more than a century. Sprea

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Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest

Grass, Sand Hills and Forest With the exception of riparian areas along its watercourses, the Nebraska Sandhills is a region largely void of trees. Here we find a national forest that’s mostly grass. “Only” 5,000 acres of Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest are wooded with easter

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Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park

Nebraska's Tallest Waterfalls Of the Niobrara River Valley’s many waterfalls, the tallest is Smith Falls, 15 miles northeast of Valentine on Highway 12, then four miles south on a marked county road. The spring-fed falls drop 70 feet and flow out to bolster the Niobrara River. Th

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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

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,

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Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area
Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area

Lake Fun in Merriman Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area is a half-mile east of Merriman and a half-mile south. Fishing, boating and camping are allowed.  (308) 684-3428

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