Visiting the Sandhill Crane Capital

KEARNEY, Neb.- Kearney is one of the communities that attracts thousands of people every year for the Sandhill Crane migration.

"We are getting excited about the Sandhill crane migration," Kearney Visitors Bureau Director Roger Jasnoch said. "We continue to see an uptick in the level of interest and I know Rowe Sanctuary is busy booking tours," Jasnoch said.

There are many ways to see the cranes. For example, you can experience the first hour in the morning, or the last hour in the evening at the hike-bike trail at Fort Kearny. You can also seek out two or three hour tours at Rowe Sanctuary, or even at the Crane Trust Visitors Center near Alda. Some people even choose to stay overnight in a blind along the Platte River.

But during the day, people may be looking for ways to spend some time while not viewing the cranes. There are a number of attractions for you to consider, including The Archway monument that tells the story of transportation along the Great Platte River Road. There is the Museum of Nebraska Art that actually now has an exhibit dedicated to the Sandhill cranes called "Cranes Taking Flight". There is the Classic Car Collection at the Cabela's campus, and you can even go out to Fort Kearny State Historical Park during the day.

Jasnoch encourages you to go to the website "", to go through all of the attractions, so people can see and experience the community before they arrive.