If you would rather be Fishing, sink a line and start catching walleye, perch, crappy, northern, bass, and monster musky in Merritt Reservoir. Try one of the crystal clear of the Valentine Wildlife Refuge Lakes offering bass, northern pike, perch, and bluegill
Camping choices are nearly endless – pitch a tent, park your RV, or rent a cabin. Campgrounds can be found in town, in the country, by the river, or in tucked back in the trees
Go chasing Waterfalls morning walk to Smith Falls Nebraska’s Highest waterfall is nestled back in the canyons on the South side of the Niobrara River in Smith Falls State Park. Fort Falls is located on the Fort Niobrara Wildlife refuge, just outside of Valentine. It is so close to town, and is perfect for a quick view or you can take in 3/4 mile nature hike while you are there. Snake River Falls is the largest waterfall by volume in Nebraska.
Scenic Drives are everywhere in Cherry County, but a favorite is Sparks River Road that will take you on a winding drive along the National Scenic Niobrara River where you will see an abundance of wildlife.
Valentine and the surrounding communities have Garage Sales all summer long but the best is the City Wide Garage Sale that is always in July – check our calendar of events for details
Try your hand…or throw…at Disc Golf at the Valentine City Park. Play your way through the 40 acres of mighty oaks and pines. If you need Frisbees check out True Value Hardware in Valentine – They always keep a set in stock just for you
Turkey or upland game Hunting is abundant in the Sandhills. There is a large area of public land to roam. Be sure to pick up a Public Access Atlas at the Valentine Visitor Center or from the NE Game & Parks
Visit a small Student Run Grocery Store in Cody. They even helped build it. Find their story here. The Circle C Market is pure charm
Trophy Deer and Antelope Hunting is achievable in the Sandhills. Mount your next Mule deer or Antelope off of the Samuel McKelvie Forest or White Tail out of the canyons surrounding the may rivers and streams of the region.
We aren’t too small of a town to have a Food Truck – Look for The Hog Trough to be serving up some dyno mite BBQ around the area. They are a passport stop too….but to get your stamp, you will have to be on target to find them
Take your shot at some Cowboy Fast Draw with the Sparks and Spurs annual shoot find out more about Cowboy Fast draw and places they will be
Lace up those shoes and take a Run on the many trails setting up. Valentine. Run the Cowboy Trail, or for a more remote location try your hand at the Sandhills Marathon.
Family fun by the river Niobrara River Fest canoe and kayak races. Activities and entertainment for the whole family. Bring a lawn chair and plan to spend the day (or 2)
Fireworks for the 4th of July Celebration and Demolition Derby at the Cherry County Fairgrounds
Nebraska Star Party likes to party by the new moon every summer at Merritt Reservoir. It is a perfect opportunity to Stargaze learn about our solar system from those who are passionate about it. See when it is this year and mark your calendar to attend.
Relax in the quiet of the Valentine City Park. take a stroll or a hike along the Minnechaduza creek, picnic under the pavilion, play sand volleyball, horseshoes, or throw a line in the water off the footbridge. Primitive camping is available, too
Do what the cowboys do, attend a Branding and see how its done. Or just stop by the Peppermill for some Rocky Mountain Oysters – Ask Robert to explain it for ya 😉
Experience the old world style process Vinegary at George Paul Vinegar in Cody. They specialize in small batch 5 year aged Vinegar
Eat like the locals do and have Breakfast or Lunch Thursdays at the Sale Barn Café at Valentine Livestock Market
Honor our fallen. The Veterans Memorial Site in front of the court house on Main Street in Valentine – Honoring WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam – Funding has been raised and new monuments to be added soon.
View the Elk at the Heartland Elk Ranch and experience nature around you – also a Cherry County Passport Stop so get your stamp while you are there.