Monthly Archives: November 2022

Fossil Hills Trail (Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, NE)

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in northwest Nebraska was established a mere quarter century ago—in June 1997—but its famed mammal fossils date to the early Paleocene Epoch, just after the mass extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Dozens of … Continue reading

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Fort Falls Trail (Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, NE)

A pioneer of environmental conservation, President Theodore Roosevelt created, with the stroke of a pen in January 1912, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nebraska, protecting a “preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” The refuge also protects herds … Continue reading

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Smith Falls Trail (Smith Falls State Park, NE)

“Honestly, it’s not for everyone” – so goes the official tourism slogan for the state of Nebraska, a Great Plains state notable mostly for its fields of corn and the invention of the Reuben sandwich and Kool-Aid. The tourism campaign … Continue reading

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Calumet Bluff Trail (Gavin’s Point Dam area, NE)

During the first summer of the famed Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1804, the travelling company camped for four nights at the base of a high bluff along the Missouri River, described by the party as “composed of a yellowish … Continue reading

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Gavin’s Point Nature Trail (Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, SD)

Created by the Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Lake spans more than 31,000 on the border of Nebraska and South Dakota. While the massive reservoir conceals the original river embankments, it is paralleled on both … Continue reading

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Spirit Mound Trail (Spirit Mound Historic Prairie, SD)

With a system of dams effectively flooding much of the Missouri River shoreline where Meriweather Lewis and William Clark once camped during their 1803-6 expedition, there are few places left where one can walk, with certainty, in the footsteps of … Continue reading

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