Fort Robinson, Nebraska

National Parks in Nebraska

Nebraska is part of the Midwest region of the United States and is the 16th-largest by land area and the 37th-most populous.

National Parks in Oklahoma

There are no sites specifically designated as a “National Park” in Nebraska.

Depending on where you are, the closest National Park to northern Nebraska is either the Wind Caves or Badlands National Parks… both located in the southwest corner of South Dakota.

Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park

Best Months: October, May, June & September
Hours: The park is open all day, every day for you to explore. Winter may close roads.
Entrance Fee: Entrance is free, but Cave tours $7-$45 per person

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Best Months: September, October, April & August
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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To the south, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is the closest. It is about 130 miles south of Nebraska’s border with Colorado.

Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain National Park

Best Months: April, May, September & October
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting
Entrance Fee: $25, single day vehicle pass

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National Park Sites in Nebraska

Even though there are no National Parks in Nebraska, there are five official National Park Service sites located in the state.

NameDesignationLocation
Niobrara National Scenic RiverNational Scenic RiverValentine, 69201
Homestead National Monument of AmericaNational Historical ParkBeatrice, 68310
Scotts Bluff National MonumentNational MonumentGering, 69341
Agate Fossil Beds National MonumentNational MonumentHarrison, 69346
Missouri National Recreational RiverNational Recreational RiverYankton, 57078

State Parks of Nebraska

As of 2022, there are 9 official state parks located within Nebraska.

The most popular state park is the stunning Fort Robinson State Park, which showcases old-west history, buffalo herds and rocky cliffs.

Arbor Lodge State Park
Chadron State Park
Fort Kearney State Park
Fort Robinson State Park
Niobrara State Park
Ponca State Park
Smith Falls State Park
Stolley State Park
Victora Springs State Park