VIP Experiences

VIP Crane Safari

VIP tours are offered first to our donors and members, beginning in late summer. The remaining VIP tours will be offered to all others with interest in the coming months. The tours will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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. If you have any questions, please contact or (308) 833-3808.

VIP Crane Safari

3 Days/2 Nights, All-Inclusive, starting at $1,800/per Cottage Room

The Crane Trust Safari offers a one-of-a-kind adventure on historic Crane Trust lands, which includes three days of spectacular Sandhill Crane migration viewing and related activities with two nights’ lodging. The Crane Trust’s private Legacy Cottages are situated on 5,600 beautiful acres of native tall and mixed-grass 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 Crane Trust VIP Crane Safari is designed for individuals and small groups as well as larger sponsored groups.

The Crane Trust Safari is available to organizations looking to provide a unique experience for their customers/members and includes guides, lodging for 12-24 guests, meals and beverages, Sandhill Crane migration viewing, nature programs & social activities.

Guests will find themselves viewing the migration through a heated private VIP blind situated along the river by the largest Sandhill Crane roost in the world at sunrise and sunset. Included in the Safari itinerary is box lunch and guided excursion to rare private prairie, historic sites and viewing of our genetically-pure American bison herd, all while learning about the ecology of the surrounding habitat and wildlife. Guests are also welcome to avail themselves of prairie hiking, photography and birding.  We also encourage guest to explore the area via the country roads to see the cranes dancing and foraging in the fields.

What To Expect:

Day One

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

Evening crane viewing + dinner

Day Two

Morning crane viewing + breakfast

Lunch + Excursion

Evening crane viewing + dinner

Day Three

Morning crane viewing + breakfast

Departure: 10AM

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

VIP Crane Safari Cancellation Policy.

The Safaris for large groups are available on a limited basis only during the spring migration and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required and must be made well in advance of migration season.

The Crane Trust also offers a one-night VIP Crane Experience.

"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

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