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2020 Full Moon Horseback Prairie Chicken Dance Tour

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North Platte

101 Halligan Drive

North Platte, NE 69101

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COVID 19

Thank you so much for your support of our Sandhill Crane and Prairie Chicken tours. As a small business owner just getting started in offering these wildlife viewing opportunities, I appreciate your booking very much.

The Dusty Trails Sandhill Crane and Prairie Chicken tours are small groups. The capacity for the bus tours to the Crane and Prairie Chicken viewing sites is 18 and the river viewing blind is 15. This will provide ample opportunity to enjoy these experiences while safely maintaining the recommended social distancing.

In addition, we will provide hand sanitizer for all of our guests and will thoroughly sanitize all of the surfaces in our bus and the blind between tours. We will be screening our visitors for signs of illness – sneezing, coughing, fever – and also ask them to self-screen. Should anyone exhibit signs of illness, we would ask them to postpone their visit to the 2021 season.

Should you decide that you do not want to travel this year, we will honor your reservations for the same tour in the 2021 season.

Thank you so much for your understanding. We are looking forward to helping you to experience the amazing spring birding opportunities here in North Platte.

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Full Moon Horseback Prairie Chicken Dance Tour

An incredible dawn horseback excursion to the Prairie Chicken Lek is scheduled for three days surrounding the full moon in April, April 6, 7 and 8.

The tour departs at 3:00am from the North Platte Visitors Bureau at 101 Halligan Drive for the Barner Ranch north of Wallace, a drive of approximately an hour. The Visitors Bureau is closed at this time. However, there is a 24-hour service station next door if you need to use the rest room or purchase supplies for the trip. From there you will mount up and enjoy an incredible moonlight horseback ride about five miles to the lek where you will dismount and make your way to the blind. No experience is necessary!

You will be treated to the beautiful night sky as the Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon, dimmed only by the brilliance of the full moon. Light pollution is minimal, with only faint glows on the horizon marking far away towns. As dawn approaches, the prairie awakens. Crickets will be heard chirping in the grass, Meadowlarks will begin their full throated calls. Families of Coyotes will begin to sing, teaching the pups born earlier in the spring to greet the coming day. And then a low thrumming will begin reverberating through the air. The earliest risers among the Greater Prairie Chickens are getting warmed up for their performances.

Dawn Horseback

Dusty Trails LLC is North Platte's premiere outdoor outfitter. Each year hundreds of visitors enjoy trail rides through the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area hosted by Dusty Trails. Girl Scouts from across the state have enjoyed Dusty Trails Trail Rides in areas such as the Halsey National Forest and along Nebraska's Cowboy Trail. Dusty Barner's expertise, the professionalism of his wranglers, and his experienced, gentle horses will make even the most timid rider feel comfortable.

Please dress warmly. Hats, gloves, thermal underwear, heavy outerwear and sturdy boots will be necessary. Because everything must be packed in on horseback, only minimal camera equipment is appropriate on this excursion.

Coffee, juice and breakfast pastries will be served on the bus. Bottled water will be provided at the lek. On the excursion you'll build up an appetite, so you'll be hosted to a hearty breakfast at the Barner Ranch following your adventure. The tour will be back in North Platte at approximately noon.

Tour prices are $250.00 per person for everyone 12 and over. This tour is not appropriate for children age 11 and younger.

The fine print:
Tickets to these excursions are nonrefundable. Refunds will only be made if a particular tour is not held. The tours will go on even in inclement weather unless it gets so bad as to be a safety issue.
Dusty Trails has no control over the wild animals these tours will be viewing or the weather. There are no guarantees as to how many birds will be seen, or what they will be doing

While you're in town for this incredible horseback adventure, be sure to check out these other experiences:

Prairie Chicken Dance

Sandhill Crane Migration

River Blind Sandhill Crane Viewing

Please enjoy these hotel partners for your stay:
North Platte Super 8 - Birding Rate $62.00 plus tax for any room type. Contact the Super 8 directly at 308-532-4224
Holiday Inn Express - Birding rate 99.95 plus tax. Contact the Holiday Inn Express directly at 308-532-9500
Best Western Plus - Birding rate 89.95 plus tax. Contact the Best Western Plus directly at 308-534-3120
RodeWay Inn – Birding Rate $50.00 plus tax for any room type. Contact the Rode Way Inn directly at 308-532-6650.

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North Platte

101 Halligan Drive

North Platte, NE 69101

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