A Tour of the Loup River Valleys

The Loup River valleys that creep northwest from Grand Island into the Sandhills offer beautiful scenery and an abundance of unique rural experiences.

Museums along the byway feature baseball and plains history. Recreation includes the Calamus Reservoir and Burwell's annual Big Rodeo. Explore a chalk mine, savor local wines, or float down a river in a stock tank. Ord, Nebraska, is a happening little community along the way with a local brewery and local coffee roaster.

The Loup River valleys that creep northwest from Grand Island into the Sandhills offer beautiful scenery.

Ranches along the byway offer wildlife viewing — Prairie Chicken booming is becoming more and more popular — and cowboy vacations. Not to be missed is Nebraska's Junk Jaunt, a 300-mile garage sale every September.