Are you ready to explore the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway 12?

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as adventure abounds; scenic drives, historical sites, cultural events, outdoor recreation, unique shopping, down home cooking and great Nebraska hospitality…grab your family and friends and join the gang today! 



Escape to Nebraska’s Scenic Outlaw Trail for your next vacation. Whether you are planning a day trip, or are able to spend a week or more, this area provides a unique combination of natural scenic beauty, adventure, and peaceful solitude. Journey from the seemingly endless fields of fertile farm land in Eastern Nebraska, to the grass covered sand dunes known as the Sandhills.  The wide open prairies, free flowing rivers and skies beckon photographers to capture their constantly changing beauty. Once  traveled by famous outlaws of the day, including Jesse James and his gang , Kid Wade, and Doc Middleton, Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway 12 features rich history, exciting events,  and breathtaking scenery.



Youngs Western Wear Valentine NE
2017 'See the Byway the Quiltway' Oct. 13 &14Shannon Trail Promoters

 Young’s Discount Western Wear  – Valentine – 402-376-1281

Cherry County Tourism – Valentine – 402-376-2969

Gill Realty & Auction LLC -Bloomfield –

Nissen Winery – Hartington -402-254-3426

Castle Bar – Newcastle -402-355-2668

Larrington Guest Cottage -Springview – 402-497-2261

Mills Community Center – Mills – 402-497-2493

Ponca Valley Oil Co. – Lynch – 402-569-2706

Bank of Dixon County – Ponca -402-755-2224

Turkey Creek Ranch Outfitters – Newcastle – 402-355-2614



Popular outdoor family activities include trail rides, camping, golfing, swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, hunting, wagon rides, and river activities, including tubing and canoeing on the Niobrara River. Each community along the Outlaw Trail provides a unique experience, from winery tours to Old West Days. The route is host to the biannual Quilt Way, attracting visitors from throughout the region.

Accommodations on the Scenic Nebraska Outlaw Trail

Looking for a place to stay? Here you are able to experience a destination vacation that will create a lifetime of memories. Whether you prefer cozy cabins tucked away in the pines, modern motels with an indoor pool, or “roughing it” over a campfire near one of the numerous lakes or rivers, we have the perfect spot for you. The area features a wide variety of accommodations, including state parks, private rentals, bed & breakfasts, and local hotels. Nebraska is well-known for excellent beef, and visitors will find a wide selection of homemade pies, perfectly cooked steaks and delicious burgers, as well as regional specialties.

Vacation Planning

Be sure to check out our community pages, sponsors, and upcoming events while planning your vacation. Enjoy a taste of small town living and friendly hospitality when you hit Nebraska’s Scenic Outlaw Trail. Join an upcoming trail ride to discover a unique adventure, allowing you capture the essence of the past as it was experienced by the outlaws, pioneers and Native Americans.

Uncover the state’s history as you traverse Nebraska’s Highway 12, from manmade bridges, museums, and Native American history, to discovering geographical formations in the area. An area with something for everyone, the Outlaw Trail is the perfect destination for a family vacation.

Highway 12 Scenic Byway

From Valentine to Willis and South Sioux City, Nebraska’s Scenic Trail encompasses 231 miles of pristine beauty and undiscovered treasures. The trip that took outlaws, pioneers, cowboys, and Indians, many days or even weeks to traverse, is your opportunity to experience a fun-filled vacation, action-packed with breathtaking scenery, captivating legends, and activities that suit a wide variety of interests. Don’t forget to pack a camera to capture historical sites, unending skies, landscape, wildlife, and of course your own precious memories.

So, load the wagons and hit the trail, for there is much to be seen and only a limited number of daylight hours ahead of us!

Pleasure and Adventure Await

Join us on a  true Wild West adventure, riding the trails as they were traveled by Jesse James, Doc Middleton and their gangs.

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Partners Along The Trail

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Explore the Trails

The Outlaw Trail encompasses part of the same route used by Lewis & Clark and their youngest member, Private George Shannon. Pvt. Shannon was lost in the area for 16 days during the team’s 1804 Expedition. Our maps include the Highway 12 Scenic Byway, known as Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail, the Shannon Trail Map, and Lewis & Clark’s Trail, as well as the Quilt Way. Click here to see the maps.


Click here to visit our partners along the Outlaw Trail. Stop in and check out what they have to offer.

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Board Members

2015 officers

President: Rhonda Kneifl  Personal Contact: Busted Knuckle Ent. email PO Box 321 Newcastle, NE 68757 402-322-3360

Vice President: Al Brock, Trail Ride Chair 110 W. 6th St. Valentine, NE 69201 402-376-1164

Secretary: Marcella Broyhill  Prairie Poet and Storyteller at PO Box 648 Dakota City, NE 68731 402- 987-3413

Treasurer: Mary Eiler 101 W. Verdel 2nd St. Niobrara, NE  68760

Board Members 

Dakota County:  Marci Broyhill

Dixon County:  Rhonda Kneifl

Cedar County:  Mary Rose Pinkelman 56893 889th Rd, Wynot, NE 68792 402-357-3330

Knox County:  Marilyn Janovec

Boyd County:  Tammy McGeorge

Keya Paha County:  Connie Larrington

Cherry County: Al Brock

Books Sales & PR:  Marita Placek, 49922 899th Rd, Lynch, NE 68746 402-569-2132