Crane Viewing Tours

VIP Crane Safari


The Crane Trust opened its doors to a new form of eco-tourism with great success in 2013 by hosting a Crane Safari for a sponsoring organization. The Crane Safari offers a one-of-a-kind adventure on rare Crane Trust lands which includes three days of spectacular crane viewing and related activities with two nights lodging for 8-16 guests at the Crane Trust’s private Legacy Cabins situated on 4,500 beautiful acres of native tallgrass prairie and wetland meadows. Each experience is unique, designed to foster positive, lifelong connections to one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in North America.

"The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium proudly partnered with the Crane Trust to offer a first-ever opportunity to experience the great Sandhill Crane migration in 2013. Not surprisingly, the Zoo’s travelers and members “flocked” to Nebraska on a sold-out group tour to view these mighty feathered fliers in action. Each participant returned home not only with rave reviews about this amazing spectacle, but also about their accommodations at the Wild Rose Ranch and the excellent service and attention they received from the Crane Trust team. The Zoo’s second journey was another success and we remain grateful for our partnership with the Crane Trust and their ability to assist us in fulfilling our mission to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife." – Patti Cattey, Community Engagement Coordinator, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Crane Safari is available to organizations looking to provide a unique experience for their customers/members and includes guides, lodging, meals, crane viewing, nature programs & social activities. In addition to spectacular crane viewing on the river at sunrise and sunset, guests choose from a variety of activities to enrich their experience during the day, including guided prairie hikes to learn about the ecology of the surrounding habitat and wildlife. Another popular daytime option includes an SUV back-road tour of cranes dancing/feeding on neighboring farmlands and up-close viewing of our genetically pure American bison herd.

Crane Safaris are available on a limited basis only during the spring migration and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are required and must be made well in advance of migration season. Contact us if you are interested in a Crane Safari.