Crane Viewing

Experience the Migration

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.

Crane Trust Members are allowed to book our tours first. Click here to become a member. 

 

Guided Blind Tours

A trained guide will accompany you to one of our prime 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. Members can book beginning December 15. Non-Members can book beginning January 5.


Footbridge Evening Tours 

After a presentation on the Great Sandhill Crane Migration, you’ll accompany your guide to our private footbridge over the north channel of the Platte River. From there you’ll enjoy a 360-degree open-air view of large crane flocks crisscrossing the sky above as they travel to roost for the night, along with the sights and sounds of other migratory birds and wildlife. Members can book beginning December 15. Non-Members can book beginning January 5. 


VIP Experiences 

Stay at the Crane Trust Wildrose Ranch for either one-night or two-night events. Witness the migration in heated blinds with Crane Trust staff and scientists. Food and drink included. Booking now open!  


Virtual Crane Tours 

Through our series of cameras along the Platte River, watch the crane migration from the comfort of your living room. Guided virtual tours are hosted by trained staff throughout the month of March. Virtual programming is available exclusively for all Crane Trust members. 


Photo Experiences 

Capture images of the largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes in the world in dedicated photo blinds. These tours provide an immersive experience for intermediate and advanced photographers, led by acclaimed photographer, Cheryl Opperman.

Important Rules & Guidelines

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

  • Age Restrictions: Children must be at least 12 years for Guided & Footbridge tours. VIP & Photo Experience guests must be 18+.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • 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 tour. Monopods are permitted.
  • Review other frequently asked questions about the migration and the Crane Trust.

Guided & Footbridge Tours: call 308.382.1820

VIP Crane Experiences & Safaris: reservations@cranetrust.org or 308.833.3808

Photo Tours & Workshops: info@cherylopperman.com or 303.829.9453

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