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Valentine, NE
Travel Guide

Valentine showing tranquil scenes and horseriding as well as a couple

Visit this historic ranching town to experience the vast Nebraskan sand hills, fish for prized catches and hike through canyons carved by the Niobrara River.

Channel your inner cowboy at Valentine, a town in the midst of Western Nebraska’s expansive sand hill region. This town began as a tent settlement at the terminus of a railroad in the early 19th century. Come here today to find a vibrant and historic community set amongst landscapes that have inspired artists, poets and ranchers.

Learn about Valentine’s railroad and ranching history at the Cherry County Historical Society Museum, which displays models and photographs of the town’s early days. Stop by Centennial Hall, housed in a school building dating back to 1897, to see more exhibits of Valentine’s storied past.

Explore the fertile Nebraska sand hills, where plains have supported ranchers herding cattle for over a century. This 19,000-square-mile (49,000-square-kilometer) expanse of grass-stabilized dunes is the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Camp under the stars at Merritt Reservoir, one of the vital water sources in the region. Swim in cool waters, fish for bass and enjoy the photogenic bluffs and tree-lined beaches that surround the lake. Stop by the Merritt Trading Post for fishing and camping gear.

Follow the Niobrara River downstream from Valentine to hike trails through stunning riverine canyons. Canoe down the river with a guide and see bison and mule deer grazing on the banks. Visit the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge to see huge flocks of ducks nesting.

Experience the life of a cowboy at Arthur Bowring Ranch, where you’ll see authentic barns and dwellings of 19th-century ranchers. Take a pleasant horseback tour through the Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area and see stunning waterfalls in the Smith Falls State Park.

Valentine is located in western Nebraska, about 5 hours’ drive from the state capital, Lincoln. Get around town and its surrounding attractions by car.

Follow the footsteps of pre-industrial ranchers along the cowboy trail, a limestone pathway that leads southeast of Valentine. Hike to the Niobrara gorge to a particularly spectacular wooden bridge spanning the 148-foot valley.

Super 8 by Wyndham Valentine NE
Super 8 by Wyndham Valentine NE
2 out of 5
223 East Highway 20, Valentine, NE
The price is $105 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated in Valentine, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Cherry County Historical Society Museum and Niobrara National Scenic River Headquarters. Trailhead ...
3.5/5Good! (334 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Valentine NE
Trade Winds Motel
Trade Winds Motel
2.5 out of 5
1009 E. Hwy 20, Valentine, NE
Situated in Valentine, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherry County Historical Society Museum and Niobrara National Scenic River Headquarters. Borman Bridge ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (510 reviews)
"First motel coming im from the south."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Trade Winds Motel
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
304 E Highway 20, Valentine, NE
The price is $107 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in the heart of Valentine, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Cherry County Historical Society Museum and Niobrara National Scenic River Headquarters. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (111 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly, I wish I could better describe how friendly and polite everyone was"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
South Platte Cabins & Kennels
South Platte Cabins & Kennels
2 out of 5
501 Stagecoach Trail, Ogallala, NE
The price is $107 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated in Ogallala, this cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Petrified Wood Gallery, Cowboy Museum, and Mansion on the Hill Museum. Ogallala Community Hospital ...
4.3/5Excellent! (47 reviews)
"Secluded near water. Dog area close."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

South Platte Cabins & Kennels
Beautiful Remodeled 4 Bedroom 2 Bath House
Beautiful Remodeled 4 Bedroom 2 Bath House
Lincoln, NE
This family-friendly Lincoln vacation home is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bryan Health, Hyde Memorial Observatory, and CHI Health St Elizabeth. ...
5/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
Aromatic Nirvana
"Probably the cleanest VRBO house we have ever stayed in. Rhonda was very responsive. The house was lovely. Beautiful backyard and perfect home for family/friends in town to watch Nebraska football or a couple traveling. We will be back!"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Beautiful Remodeled 4 Bedroom 2 Bath House
Lake Mcconaughy Cabin Within Walking Distance to Beach!
Lake Mcconaughy Cabin Within Walking Distance to Beach!
Lewellen, NE
Situated in Lewellen, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of North Platte River and Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. Ash Hollow State Historical ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
nice.
"nice place, quiet, everything worked."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Lake Mcconaughy Cabin Within Walking Distance to Beach!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.