Are you ready to explore the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway 12?
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.
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.
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!
Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway
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.
President: Rhonda Kneifl firstname.lastname@example.org Personal Contact: Busted Knuckle Ent. email email@example.com PO Box 321 Newcastle, NE 68757 402-322-3360
Vice President: Al Brock, Trail Ride Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 110 W. 6th St. Valentine, NE 69201 402-376-1164
Secretary: Marcella Broyhill Prairie Poet and Storyteller at www.marcibroyhill.com PO Box 648 Dakota City, NE 68731 402- 987-3413
Treasurer: Mary Eiler email@example.com 101 W. Verdel 2nd St. Niobrara, NE 68760
Dakota County: Marci Broyhill
Dixon County: Rhonda Kneifl
Cedar County: Mary Rose Pinkelman firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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