Crane Viewing

Guided Blind Tours

Guided Blind Tours

2.5 Hours, $40 per person (+ Tax & Booking Fees)

A trained guide will accompany you to one of our riverfront viewing blinds on the Platte River. Blind tours are offered in the early morning while the cranes are roosting on the river, and also in the evening when the birds are returning to the river to roost for the night.

Join us to marvel at the spectacle of thousands of cranes and other birds roosting on the Platte River here in Nebraska. Our tour guides are eager to share their knowledge of the Great Sandhill Crane Migration at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center before you depart for the riverfront blind. The blinds are situated on the banks of the Platte River. This experience runs for about two and a half hours and ends shortly after sunset.

Participants must be able to walk for about five minutes over uneven grassy terrain to reach the blind. Children must be 12 and over and be accompanied by an adult.

Booking begins for members in November and non-members in January. All proceeds from crane viewing experiences at Crane Trust contribute significantly to our year-round habitat maintenance efforts.

Thanks for joining us!

Crane Viewing Etiquette



Cancellation Policy

All refunds requested will be considered under our cancellation policy:

8 days’ notice of cancellation and over a 90% refund will be issued.

3 to 7 days’ notice of cancellation a 50% refund will be issued.

2 days and under notice of cancellation no refund is issued.

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.

All refunds will be made back to the payment method used at the time of booking.