Southwest Nebraska Attractions

Bailey Railroad Yards
in North Platte Exit 177 off I-80 then N. on Hwy 83 to 4th St, turn W. on 4th, go 1 blk to Vine. Go N. on Vine 3 blks to Front St, turn W. onto Front and watch for signs. The World's Largest Reclassification Yard. Day or night, you get a panoramic view of the entire facility from an observation deck. Open year-round, 24 hours a day. FREE. 800-955-4528
Bald Eagle Viewing Center
in Ogallala Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District's viewing facility is located below Kingsley Dam on the shores of Lake Ogallala. Open for eagle-viewing late December to early March, Thurs. and Fri., 8am - noon (MST), Sat. and Sun., 8am - 4pm. Also open for group visits by appointment. Photo blinds for professional photographers (or hobbyists) are available by reservation only. Lake McConaughy also provides the opportunity for year-round bird watching. The variety of habitat at the reservior and the surrounding environs attracts one of the largest and most diverse bird populations documented in the United States. Free. (308) 284-2332 or 308-995-8601. C.N.P.P.I.D. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Boot Hill
in Ogallala 3 blocks West of Mansion on the Hill on West 10th St. Some of the trail drivers who herded cattle into Ogallala from Texas died with their boots on. They are buried in this Ogallala cemetery. Historical marker on site. Open sun-up to sunset 7 days a week. Free. 308-284-4066 or 800-658-4390 -Website-
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park & State Rec Area
in North Platte U.S. 83 north to U.S. 30, then west 2 mi. & north on Buffalo Bill Ave. Home to William F. ""Buffalo Bill"" Cody, buffalo hunter, scout, and creator of the Wild West Show. Horseback trail rides summer months. House and barn are open 10 am-8 pm daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Labor Day-Nov. 1 & Apr. 1-Memorial Day--open Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Closed weekends during Apr., May, Sept., and Oct.. Park entry permit required. Camping available $3-$7 nightly. (308) 535-8035 -Website-
Champion Mill State Historical Park & Recreation Area
in Champion Restored water-powered flour mill. Grounds open year round, camping in recreation area. Mill interpretive facilities open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 am-5 pm daily. By appointment in the off-season. Recreation area offers fee camping and water activities on mill pond. Park entry permit required, $4.00 per night primitive camping fee. (308) 882-5860. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Chase County Historical Museum
in Champion Display of Chase County artifacts. Open Mother's Day-Labor Day on Sundays from 1:30-4:30pm or by appointment. (308)882-5774 Wheelchair accessible. -Website-
Cody Go-Karts Family Fun Park
in North Platte I-80 & Hwy 83 Interchange, Halligan Dr. Features Speedway (figure 8 go-karts), Challenger (sllick track go-karts), Water Bug Bumper Boats, Hi Ball, 18-Hole Adventure Golf, Kiddie Go-Karts, Kiddie Bumper Boats, Santa Fe Train, 3 water slides, kiddie wading pool, game room, and snack bars. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 10am-10pm. Open on weekends pre and post seasons. (308) 534-8277 or (308) 534-3608. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Cody Park
in North Platte N. Hwy 83. Features Wild West Memorial with a life-size bronze statue of Buffalo Bill. Open year-round. Also features the Cody Park Railroad Museum which showcases one of the largest steam locomotives ever built. Open May-Sept, 10 am-8 pm daily. Free. (800)955-4528
Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge & Cultural Learning Center
in Wellfleet 2 mi. E. of Wellfleet on a paved road at railroad tracks. An experience in Native American primitive life, complete with earth lodge, nature and hiking trails, Medicine Wheel, and canoeing. Daily 90 minute tours at 9am and 2pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Admission $7/Adult, $5/Child. Day pass, buffalo stew meals, overnight accomodations, and other tours available year round by appointment. (308) 963-4233
Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area
in Enders South edge of town. Boating, fishing, swimming and camping both primitive and electrical year round. Hunting during season. Modern restrooms, accessible shower building, fish cleaning station, and dump station open Memorial Day-Labor Day. Park entry permit required. Camping fee $4.00 to $9.00 per night. 308-394-5118. Handicapped accessible. -Website-
Fort Cody Trading Post
in North Platte I-80 & U.S. 83. Watch a miniature replica of the Wild West show on the half hour. Also enjoy the exhibiits of the old west in the newly renovated museum. Open year-round, 9 am-5:30 pm daily in winter, 8 am-9 pm in summer. Nebraska's largest souvenir store. FREE. (308) 532-8081. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Fort McPherson National Cemetery
in Maxwell 2 miles south of I-80 exit. Fort McPherson once guarded the Oregon Trail. It is now Nebraska's only National Cemetery and one of America's most beautiful. Open year round 7 days a week. Office is open Mon-Fri: 8 am-4:30 pm, except holidays. Office open 8am-7pm on Memorial Day, 8am-4:30pm on Veterans Day. Group tours to special interest groups. FREE (308) 582-4433. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Front Street / Cowboy Museum
in Ogallala 519 East 1st St. Recreation of 1880s main street. Open year round. Closed Sundays. Western stage show Memorial Day weekend - mid Aug. weekend. Museum, gift shop, steakhouse & saloon. Call (308) 284-6000 for show times. Admission for stage show: $4.25 adults., $2.75 children , 3 and under free. Handicapped Accessible -Website-
Hitchcock County Museum
in Trenton East 1st St. Five building complex exhibiting the history of the county. The museum includes an extensive genealogy which includes 46 volumes of records and all cemetery records for Hitchcock County. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Sundays 2-5pm and by appointment. Free. Call 308-334-5566. Main building is handicapped accessible -Website-
Lake Maloney State Recreation Area
in North Platte 6 miles south on U.S. 83. Conveniently located reservoir offers camping, fishing, boating, picnicking and other outdoor fun. Open year round. Park entry permit required. $3 camping fee. Handicapped Accessible. Modern shower/latrine at outlet area. Electrical hookups at Kansas point. $8 per night. (308) 535-8025 -Website-
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
in Ogallala 9 mi. north on Nebr. 61. Nebraska's largest reservoir with nearly 36,000 acres of water and 5,500 acres of land, 12 state recreation sites varying from modern or primitive camping, boating, and fishing. Hunting in the winter. Modern and primitive campgrounds are open year round. Showers closed in winter. Office hours: Sept - April: 8 am-5pm, Mon - Fri, April & May: 8 am - 5pm, 7 days a week. Memorial Day - Labor Day 8 am-8 pm Fri-Sat, 8am-5pm Sun-Thurs. Park entry permit required. Camping fees: Modern camping-non electric $9/electric $14, primitive camping-non designated sites: $4. (308) 284-8800. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center
in Ogallala South side of the lake on Hwy 61. Nebraska's 1st water museum interprets the signifigance of water to Nebraska, past, present and future. Aquarium & 50 seat theater. Park entry permit required. Off-peak office hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Peak office hours are 8am-8pm Fri.-Sat., 8am-5pm Sun.-Thurs. (308) 284-8800 -Website-
Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area
in Ogallala 9 mi. north on Nebr. 61. Nestled behind Kingsley Dam, this area offers excellent camping and fishing on small lake close to Lake McConaughy. Wildlife/Eagle viewing during the winter months. Primitive and modern campgrounds open year round. Showers closed in winter. Park entry permit required. Camping fee. (308) 284-8800 -Website-
Lincoln County Historical Museum
in North Platte 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. The famous World War II Canteen adjacent to Buffalo Bill Ranch. Tools, weapons, wagons and other artifacts displayed in a restored Old West Town. Open Sat. before Memorial Day-Labor Day, 7 days a week 9 am-8 pm, Labor Day-through Sept. 8m-5 pm. Open for group tours with advance notice. Free will donation., Suggested $1 adults, $.50 ages 12-16, under 12 years free. (308) 534-5640. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Lincoln County Raceway
in North Platte W. edge of North Platte on U.S. Hwy 30 (at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds). Saturday night racing on dirt track. Modifieds, sprints and stock cars. Admission. (308)532-5536 -Website-
Little House Monument
in Stratton Local history information and family collections. Open May-Aug; 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 1-5pm. (308)276-2462 Wheelchair accessible -Website-
Main Street Historic Walk of Fame
in Ogallala Downtown, 10 outdoor markers chronicle the history of Keith County. (800)658-4390 Wheelchair accessible. -Website-
Mansion on the Hill
in Ogallala West 10th and North Spruce Streets. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1887 Victorian Mansion incorporates Italianate and Queen Anne elements. Open Memorial Day-Sept 15th, Tues.-Sat., 9am-noon, 1-4pm, Sun. 1-4pm. closed Mon. Charges; $2 adults, $1 children ages 5-12. (308) 284-4066 or 800-658-4390. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Massacre Canyon Historical Marker & Visitor Center
in Trenton U.S. 34, east. Marks the site of the last great battle between Sioux and Pawnee. May have been the final blow that broke the back of the Pawnee nation. 308-334-5236 -Website-
McCook Speedway
in McCook Located on the Red Willow County Fairgrounds, W. 5th & Q Sts. This is a 3/8 mile clay dirt track. Classes that participate include, IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Hobby Stock, Classic Modified, Mini-trucks, and Mini-Sprints. Fri. nights at 8pm. Gates open at 6pm. Admission. (308)340-2575 -Website-
Museum of the High Plains
in McCook 421 Norris Ave. Exhibits from the WWII air base and German POW camp, anitque cars, railroad exhibit and model railroad. Early maps of the west, indian artifacts, and displays on 3 Nebraska governors. Open year round Tue.-Sat., 1-5 pm, Sun., 2-4 pm. Closed Mon. and holidays. Donations appreciated. (308) 345-3661. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Nebraska Rural Living
in Nebraska Rural Living -Website-
North Platte Area Children's Museum
in North Platte 314 N. Jeffers St. Children and parents can enjoy a hands-on experience in learning. Experience the wonder of science, technology, culture and the arts in a unique and interactive atmosphere. Open Wed & Fri 10am-3pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm, and Sun 1-5pm. Admission charged. 308-532-3512. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
O'Fallon's Bluff
in Sutherland Eastbound Sutherland rest area, I-80. Conestoga wagons on the Oregon Trail were forced to follow a very narrow trail between the bluff and the Platte River. 308-386-4617. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Ole's Big Game Steakhouse
in Paxton 1 mile north of I-80 at Exit 145. Visit ""Nebraska's most famous waterin' hole."" This unique family eatery showcases mounts and memorabilia from worldwide hunting adventures. Open year-round, Mon.-Sat., 8 am-midnight; Sun. 10 am-10 pm. (308) 239-4500. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Perkins County Historical Society
in Grant 6th & Central Ave. Open June through August on Sundays from 2-4:30pm or by appointment. (308)326-4233 Wheelchair accessible. -Website-
Petrified Wood Gallery
in Ogallala 525 E. 1st St. Ogallala's Petrified Wood Gallery features an impressive array of pictures and music boxes made from tiny pieces of petrified wood, and a large assortment of polished rocks, rounds, spheres, and carvings. The gallery contains a selection of gems and minerals as well as arrowheads and Indian artifacts collected over forty years by twin brothers Harvey and Howard Kenfield. Located at Front Street on East Hwy 30. April 15-October 15 hours are 9am-6pm Mon-Sat and 12-6pm Sun. A free will donation is accepted for admission. 308-284-9996 or 800-658-4390. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Red Willow State Recreation Area
in McCook U.S. 83 north of McCook. A water-lover's paradise, Red Willow State Recreation Area offers a great setting for fishing, boating, water-skiing and winter sports. Set on 1,358 acres, the area provides camping facilities, a swimming beach and concessions. Open year round. Operation season May 1-Oct 31 for modern facilities--weather permitting. Camping fees: modern with electric $11, $8 without electricity, $3 primitive. Non-modern $3 without electricity, $8 with electricity. Park entry permit required. Camping fee. (308) 345-5899. Handicapped Accessible. -Website-
Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery
in Parks 7 miles NW of Hwy. 34 at Parks. Hatchery open year-round, daily, 7:30 am-4:30 pm. Recreation area open year-round for fishing and primitive camping. Rock Creek Lake is under renovation in 2002. Park entry permit required. (308) 423-2080 -Website-
Rock Creek State Recreation Area
in Parks 4 mi N.W. of Parks. Open year round. Boating, fishing and camping areas. Lake has been drained for renovation. Expected to re-open late fall of 2003. Park entry permit required. (308) 394-5118 -Website-
Senator George Norris State Historic Site
in McCook 706 Norris Ave. Nebraska State Historical Society branch museum. Father of Nebraska's one-house legislature, the Unicameral. This important national politician's home is a state & national historic site. Open year-round Tues.-Sat., 9:30 am-noon, 1-5 pm. Closed for state holidays. Annual Displays, Quilt shows (Post WWII) in March, Needlework and spinning in June, Pre-WWII Quilt show in Sept. Non-membership admission $3 adults, $1 unaccompanied children, Nebraska Historical Society members and children with adults: free. (308) 345-8484 -Website-
Sutherland State Recreation Area
in Sutherland S. on Hwy 25. Lake hosts fishermen, boaters, campers and swimmers. Historical markers recall the trails along the Great Platte River route. Park entry permit required. $3 camping fee. (308) 535-8025. Handicapped Accessible.-Website-
Swanson Lake State Recreation Area
in Trenton 2 mil W. on U.S. 34. A major flood-control reservoir on the Republican River provides fishing and water-related activities. Open 24 hours a day May 5-Oct 1. Park entry permit required. Camping fees: $4-$13 per day. (308) 276-2671. Partially handicapped accessible. -Website-



   

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