Smith Falls State Park
Scenic Byway
Outlaw Trail
231 miles / State 12 between South Sioux City and Valentine
Add stops at Smith Falls State Park and Valentine National Wildlife Refuge—some of Nebraska’s top outdoor playgrounds—for a wilder Outlaw experience.
Click the pins to discover 4 wild opportunities along this byway
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View of the Niobrara River
Dryland Aquatics

Hit the Niobrara National Scenic River for water recreation surrounded by dramatic bluffs, diverse wildlife and gorgeous waterfalls. Dryland Aquatics in Sparks rents canoes, kayaks and tubes so you can explore at your own pace.

Turtle Butte Lodge

Make Springview’s historic Turtle Butte Lodge your base for hunting, fishing, wildlife tours and the like. Stay the night and lodge cooks, well-versed in wild fare, will prepare your bag for you.

Ohiya Resort & Casino

At Ohiya Resort & Casino in Niobrara, on the Santee Sioux Reservation, play more than 25 varieties of machine games, check out the evening’s entertainment and enjoy restaurant specials. Traveling with kids? Resort guests can access an arcade and indoor heated pool.

St. James Marketplace
St. James Marketplace

Early May through early December, shop for woodcarvings, art prints, baked goods and more at the St. James Marketplace in Wynot. The market repurposes an old school on land with a story of its own, so explore the grounds.

Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway

Route Directions

From Valentine:
18 miles east on NE-12 to Sparks • 30 miles east on NE-12 to Springview
103 miles east on NE-12 to Niobrara • 28 miles east on NE-12 to Crofton
17 miles east on NE-12 to Wynot • 29 miles east on NE-12 to Ponca

Small-Town Stop: Crofton

Crofton calls itself the “Best Little Town by a Dam Site” because of its proximity to Lewis and Clark Lake. With just 700 residents, it’s a quiet place to take in some history and enjoy the outdoors.

DO Depending on the season, enjoy activities from swimming to ice-fishing at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

SHOP Browse thousands of treasures at family-run Jeanne's Antiques.

EAT Sit riverside at Murdos Aten Resort and enjoy a meal of freshwater fish.

STAY Check into the Historic Argo Hotel, a bed-and-breakfast, steakhouse and lounge.

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Murdos Aten Resort
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