Horizons Nebraska Byways Weekend Tour


  1. Meet at Walmart South in Grand Island at 6:30 AM
  2. Crane Trust SW of Grand Island
  3. The Chocolate Bar and Studio K, Grand Island
  4. Travel on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway
  5. Cairo Roots Museum
  6. Sandhills country
  7. Solon Borglum Monument
  8. Broken Bow
    1. Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Visitors Center
    2. On and near the square
    3. Custer County Museum
    4. Prairie Grounds
    5. Antique shops
    6. Wild Rose Gallery
    7. Ortello Dale
    8. Arrow Hotel
  9. Mystery lunch stop in Custer County!
  10. Hard land country
  11. Large family grain farm tour – the “art” of competing in a highly competitive agricultural production environment, including history and economics of this multimillion dollar business
  12. Wind farm and turbine tour
  13. Bison Ranch tour in Custer County
  14. Broken Bow – back on the square
    1. Arrow Hotel
    2. History of the hotel and Broken Bow
    3. Live music – family entertainment
    4. Dinner
    5. Cobblestone Inn and Suites


  1. Callaway area
    1. Olive Gang hideout
    2. Valleys Museum
    3. First Custer County Court House
    4. Coffee and rolls
    5. “Live” sod house
  2. Scenic drive up the South Loup River Valley to Arnold
    1. Fantastic view from the bluffs above Arnold
  3. Travel north in Sandhills country on the beautiful Arnold to Dunning road and soak up the history and way of life
  4. Lunch at Uncle Buck’s on the Middle Loup River
  5. Amazing and intriguing ranch stop near Dunning as we are mesmerized listening to the history of this large Sandhills ranch as related by the young lady who manages this family enterprise. God’s “art” surrounds us here along the Middle Loup River.
  6. Nebraska National Forest near Halsey
  7. Thedford
    1. Thedford Art Gallery
    2. Chain Saw Art
    3. Little Girls Lost Historical Marker
  8. Valentine
    1. Valentine National Wildlife Refuge
    2. Niobrara Scenic River Visitors Center
    3. Dinner at Peppermill Restaurant
    4. History of the ranch and the restaurant
    5. Live entertainment – family entertainment
    6. Niobrara Lodge


  1. Hard land country
  2. Ft. Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
  3. Niobrara River
    1. Smith Falls
  4. Travel on the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway through hard land country
  5. Cross the Niobrara River from hard land back to Sandhills
  6. Bassett
    1. Lunch at the historic Bassett Lodge and Ranch Café
    2. Hear the history of Bassett and this area
  7. Travel through Sandhills to the Calamus River following it downstream to Calamus Reservoir and Burwell
  8. Travel on the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway through hard land in the North Loup River Valley
  9. Ft. Hartsuff
  10. Trotter’s Whoa and Go in Ord
  11. Beautiful hard grass hills and continuation of the North Loup River Valley
  12. Visit a grain and cow/calf enterprise in the beautiful North Loup River Valley and hear the history of this well-run family farm/ranch lying on the banks of the North Loup River.
  13. Miletta Vista Winery
    1. Spectacular view of the North Loup River Valley
    2. Award winning wines
    3. Dinner
  14. Final leg of the tour via St. Paul and on into Grand Island returning to South Walmart at approximately

For more information and ticket prices contact Bill Burdett 308-379-3261 or email at bill.horizonswb@gmail.com