Each spring the most incredible migration event in the world passes through the North Platte, Nebraska area. More than 100,000 Sandhill Cranes will spend about six weeks in the Platte River valley fortifying themselves for the nesting period to come. While they are here, they will engage in beautiful courtship and pair-bonding behaviors.

The North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau is pleased to partner with Dusty Trails LLC and area hotels to offer a Sandhill Crane tour for 2019. You can book your tour today at

These graceful rituals can best be observed while the Sandhill Cranes are in the feeding and loafing grounds, which are the meadows and crop fields within five miles from the river. To aid you in your experience of the Sandhill Crane migration, Dusty Trails LLC, your outdoor specialists in North Platte has developed tours during the most active times of the day for the Sandhill Crane courtship behaviors. The morning tour is 8:45am to 11:00am and the afternoon tour is 2:45pm to 5:00pm.

Each tour will depart from the Visitor Center at 101 Halligan Drive in North Platte and will include a round trip through the Platte River valley between North Platte and Hershey. The tour will linger along the rural roads wherever there are large groups of Sandhill Cranes so that you can observe, video and photograph as much as you would like.

While on the tour, you will be treated to information about the Sandhill Cranes, their migration and behaviors you may observe in the fields.

The transportation for the tours is a converted school bus that will be warm and dry and afford elevated visibility for Crane viewing. You will be supplied with a welcome bag including a snack and a water bottle. Some binoculars will be available to share.

Each tour size is limited to 18 individuals. For larger groups, please contact Dusty Trails LLC Outdoor Specialists at 308-530-0048.

Please bring whatever photography and videography equipment you would like.

North Platte area hotels are offering special rates for Crane Viewing visitors. Please contact the hotels directly using the phone numbers below to book your room. All prices are for one room with either two queen beds or one king bed. You must ask for the Crane Viewing rate when you call.

  • Super 8, 220 W. Eugene Ave. – 308-532-4224 – $60
  • Quality Inn, 2901 S. Jeffers St. – 308-532-6144 – $75
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites, 2600 Eagles Wings Place – 308-534-0700 – $79
  • Best Western Plus North Platte Inn & Suites, 3201 S. Jeffers St. – 308-534-3120 – $79
From March 9 through March 31, the height of the annual Sandhill Crane migration, Dusty Trails LLC will offer two two-hour tours each day of the feeding, loafing and dancing grounds of the Sandhill Cranes in the Platte River valley. The tours will depart from the Visitor Center at 101 Halligan Drive at 8:45am and 2:45pm.

The tour will linger adjacent to fields where large groups of Sandhill Cranes are gathered.The elevated views offered by the Dusty Trails LLC bus will give you the perfect perspective to experience the incredible Dance of the Sandhill Crane.Go to to book your tours.