This Underrated Nature Preserve In Nebraska Is A True Hidden Gem… And Will Take Your Breath Away

Of Nebraska’s many natural wonders, the Niobrara Valley Nature Preserve is one of the most biologically diverse and visually stunning. Formed in 1980 by the Nature Conservancy, this 56,000-acre property is located in north-central Nebraska and, luckily for us, is open to the public.

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You probably won’t be able to get this close to the bison on your tour, but even at a distance these animals are absolutely beautiful.

The video below gives a complete history of the Niobrara Valley Preserve, including interviews with the ranchers who protect and manage the land.

To get to the Niobrara Valley Preserve from Ainsworth, take Highway 20 west for approximately 10 miles. Turn onto the country road toward Norden and continue another 16 miles. For a detailed map and more information about this magical place, visit The Nature Conservancy’s website.

For more of our state’s lovely sights, check out the 8 Most Incredible Natural Wonders of Nebraska.