Crane Viewing Tours

VIP Crane Experience

Notice: Due to the cancellation of our two previous Sandhill Crane migration seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our VIP overnight crane viewing tours are in extremely high demand for the upcoming 2022 Sandhill Crane migration. VIP tours are being offered first to our President’s Council donors starting in late July and early August. The remaining VIP tours will be offered to our donors, members, and then to all with interest in the coming months.  The tours will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis as these opportunities become available. We encourage you to consider one of our public group viewing blind tours and/or footbridge tours in the case that our VIP opportunities are not available.  The booking for these tours is planned to open in January 2022 through our website. If you have any questions, please contact or (308) 833-3808.

VIP Crane Experience

2 Day/1 Night, Starting at $600/per Cottage Room (Includes 2 guests), All-Inclusive

Take your crane viewing experience to the next level by booking a VIP Crane Experience in the Crane Trust’s Legacy Cottages and Suites (see descriptions and images below). The Cottages (Hastings College, Lauritzen and Union Bank & Trust) each feature four fully-furnished private bedrooms / bathrooms with common area. The two Bay Family Suites are in a separate cottage and feature a king bed, large living area and deck overlooking a pond. This is a one-of-a-kind adventure on rare Crane Trust lands.

Guests view the migration in our exclusive heated Pietrok Family blinds with experts who provide valuable insights into the science and the mystery of the crane migration and the Platte River ecosystem. The blinds are specially designed to provide spectacular vistas of the largest Sandhill Crane roost on the river, and provide guests with a comfortable and warm viewing experience.

The one-night VIP Experience includes meals (with vegetarian option) and beverages (beer and wine included) on our private lands away from the crowds. Crane Trust lodging can accommodate up to 28 people (2 to a room or suite), with each Legacy cottage housing up to 8 people.

What to Expect:

Day One

Arrival: 3:30PM at the Nature & Visitor Center

Evening crane viewing + dinner

Day Two

Morning crane viewing + breakfast

Departure: 10AM


Requirements: Guests must be 18 or older to attend and be capable of walking ¼ mile across uneven grassland terrain without assistance.

VIP Crane Experience Cancellation Policy

The VIP Crane Experience is a truly memorable way to spend time with friends, family, colleagues or clients while enjoying the natural wonder of the crane migration at the Crane Trust. 

The Crane Trust also offers a two-night VIP Crane Safari for those who want to spend more time enjoying the migration.

The Hastings College, Lauritzen, and Union Bank & Trust Cottages

The Hastings College, Lauritzen, and Union Bank & Trust Cottages were designed to provide a unique opportunity for guests wanting an immersion experience to witness the migration. The three cottages each have four bedrooms with either a queen bed or two twin beds, with private bathrooms. There is a kitchenette with dining table and television in the common area and a covered patio overlooking the vast historic prairie where our genetically-pure American bison roam.

The Bay Family Suites

The Bay Family Suites were designed for discerning guests looking to upgrade their experience. These beautiful, private, and luxurious accommodations come with two adjoining suites, each with a comfortable king size bed, television and views of the adjacent pond. There are dual sinks in the large bathroom with a spacious tiled shower. The kitchen has a dining area and the living room has two leather recliners and a television. DirectTV and free wifi included.

For questions, please call (308) 833-3808 or email