Nebraska Outlaw Trail


Discover Nebraska’s Highway 12 Scenic Byway


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!

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.


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.

The Outlaw Trail encompasses part of the same route used by Lewis & Clark, and travels along Highway 12, in northern Nebraska.  Click here to visit our map of the trail.

Interested in becoming a partner to promote your business and support your community.  Click here to become a partner of the Outlaw Trail, or download and mail the document, OTSB-Website Membership Info-Dues January 2017 Join the Gang!

We are well-known for our bi-annual Quiltway. Click here for more information about the upcoming 2017 event.


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