In addition to the hunting and fishing activities there is an endless amount of hiking that can be done. The terrain is varied from high, sandy dunes to lush green meadows with fens and bogs just waiting for you to explore.
The trails are cattle trails, usually leading to the nearest windmills. There is a constantly changing kaleidoscope of colors in the endless variety of wildflowers that cover the hills and trails.
Canoe, Kayak, or Tanking
The lake is great for fishing, or just to sun or enjoy the spectacular sunsets. Canoe, kayak, or tanking trips down the Middle Loup River can be arranged. This is a good river for novices.
The Dismal River is a great canoe trip, but is best tackled by the experienced users. The trips take several hours for completion.
Nebraska Skies: A Stargazing Smörgåsbord!
Away from the big city and bright lights, the Sandhills are a stargazer’s paradise for viewing the universe! Nicknamed Big Sky Country, it is one of the best places in the United States to view the stars.
There is no interference from “city lights” for many miles. The stargazers like to come to the ranch for a lengthy visit just to set up their huge telescopes and monitor the nightly, goings-on in the universe. The annual Nebraska Star Party is held each year just 25 miles north of the ranch at Merritt Reservoir on Hwy 97. It attracts stargazers from all over the United States and has been a huge success.
Golfing in the Nebraska Sandhills
The local Mullen Golf Course is less than a half hour from the ranch. It is a very fine, community golf course that welcomes guests at any time; except, when engaged in a tournament, or if hosting a planned activity. It is a nine hole, golfer friendly course, with beautiful grass greens.
The world renowned Sand Hill Golf Club, a private club, is about 20 miles South of Mullen. It prides itself on continuous years of Top 10 rankings in the golf world. Here is an article about the construction and a bird’s eye view of the holes. Truly a beautiful course!
The Prairie Club is a semi-private club located 30-40 minutes north of the ranch. It is the home to two 18 hole courses, where they rotate private/public play.
Frederick Peak Golf Club, is a local course located on the northease side of Valentine, approx an hour from the ranch. Opened in 2017, Frederick Peak Golf Club boasts 10 of the most fun golf holes that you will ever play. The dramatic canyon landscape carved out by the Minnechaduza Creek is ideal for golf. The area’s natural beauty blends perfectly into the golf course to create an unheralded outdoor experience. In additional to the golf course, Frederick Peak offers a driving range, two practice greens, and a clubhouse to relax in.
Nebraska Sandhill Birding
The Double R Guest Ranch LLC was pleased to become listed on the Nebraska Birding Trails website. A big variety of birds are here at the ranch that are native to this area, including Robins, Barn Swallows, owls, woodpeckers, crows, sparrows, curlews, thrashers, finches, yellow-tipped blackbirds, meadowlarks, Ring-tailed Pheasants, Sharp-tail Grouse, Prairie Chickens, Mourning Dove, bittern, and scores of others. There are many water birds also until time of frost which might include grebes, loons, swans, Blue Herons, cranes, pelicans, ducks and Northern Geese, and more.
Activities for the Whole Family
For the more energetic guests there are a number of sports and games, from badminton and horseshoes to croquet and basketball.
During inclement weather there are a couple indoor games, cards, and books/articles to help while away the rain, wind, or snowy weather.
- Trapshooting on site (additional fee)
- Sand Hill Golf game
- Horseshoe pitching
- Basketball Hoop
- Bocce Ball
- Ranch Activities