Crane Viewing Tours


They come as they have for thousands of years to this stretch of the Platte River—more than 600,000 Sandhill Cranes—to rest, feed and congregate in astonishing numbers before pushing on to their breeding grounds in the north. Now, as never before, you can experience the wonder of North America’s great Sandhill Crane migration on historic Crane Trust lands in the heart of Nebraska.

The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center offers a variety of tour options to make sure your crane viewing experience is truly magical. Crane Trust river blinds are located along the largest Sandhill Crane roost in the world.

Your Sandhill Crane Migration Viewing Options

Overnight Lodging

Immerse yourself in the migration by staying on the Crane Trust's private historic prairie in an all-inclusive 1-night VIP Crane Experience or 2-night VIP Crane Safari!

If you are doing the group tours, nearby hotels include Quality Inn (308-384-7770), Days Inn Grand Island (308-384-5006), Fairfield Inn & Suites (308-381-8980) and Candlewood Suites (308-381-7000)

Important Rules & Guidelines

Please read the following rules and guidelines carefully to prepare for your great sandhill crane migration adventure.

  • Pets and children under 12 years old are not allowed to go into the blinds by the river. 
  • Dress warmly and in layers. Early-spring mornings and evenings in Nebraska can be unpredictable and chilly. Blinds are unheated. Bring the warmest boots, coat, gloves and hat you have. Dress for 20 degrees below air temperature. Rain gear may be desirable in wet weather.
  • No flashlights or flash photography.
  • Bring cameras, binoculars or video equipment. Tripods are not allowed unless you're with a photo blind tour.
  • Only registered tour members will be allowed into the display room for the pre-tour presentation.
  • Cancellations more than 7 days prior to the scheduled tour will receive a refund minus 10% for administrative costs. Cancellations between 49 hours and 168 hours prior will receive a 50% refund. No refunds for cancellations within the last 48 hours prior to your tour time unless the Crane Trust cancels the tour. The Crane Trust will cancel tours if Interstate 80 is closed anywhere between Lincoln and North Platte due to bad weather. In the event of a closure, we will attempt to reach you via email and by cell phone. In the event that the Crane Trust cancels a tour, you will receive a full refund.
  • Review other frequently asked questions about the migration.

Submit any reservation issues via our contact form or email Be sure to leave a call back number and email address, along with the date of tour and time in the comments section.