Lodging

NSP Registration does not include lodging.  A number of options are available ranging from primitive camping on the observing fields to motels, Bed & Breakfast facilities, and RV spaces in the region.  Note that NSP attendees often compete for lodging with motorcycle pilgrims heading to Sturgis, so we recommend that you make hotel reservations well in advance to be assured of a room.

Please Note:

  • A Nebraska State Park entrance permit is required on all vehicles entering the NSP observing field or any of Merritt Reservoir’s campgrounds, regardless where you are staying. Permits may be obtained at Merritt Trading Post or at any other Game and Parks Commission facility statewide. Cost is $5.00 per vehicle for a daily permit, or $25.00 for an annual permit valid in any Nebraska State Park through the end of December.  Note that annual permits may now be purchased along with your NSP registration for your convenience.
  • For those camping within the state park, which includes on the NSP observing field, there is also a daily camping fee of $7.00 per day, payable at kiosks located near campground entrances.

Camping

Campers will find primitive space both on the Observing Field and in the immediately adjacent Snake Campground maintained by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with access to drinking water and vault toilets.  No pads or electricity are available in the Snake Campground nor on the Observing Field, though Cedar Bay Campground to the north offers expanded facilities, including electric hookups and coin-operated showers.  A dump station is located near the Boat Ramp just south of Merritt Trading Post.  Camp sites are strictly first come, first served.  Although there is a virtually unlimited number of sites available, shade and picnic tables are snapped up rapidly.

Valentine Area Motels, B&Bs

Also see the lodging page on the Valentine, Nebraska website. This year, make your reservations as soon as possible as the summer months are busy in Valentine for tourists and motorcycel events.  It is suggested to make reservations prior to June 1st . Participating hotels and motels are:

  • Comfort Inn
  • Dunes Lodge & Suites
  • Niobrara Lodge
  • Motel Rain
  • Americas Best Value Inn (Formerly Super 8 Motel)
  • Trade Winds Lodge
Comfort Inn
101 Main St
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-3300               800-478-3307
Dunes Lodge & Suites
E Highway 20th & 83rd
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-3131             800-357-3131
Niobrara River Lodge
(formerly Holiday Inn Express)
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-3000             877-376-3003
Motel Raine
U.S. 20 West
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-2030             800-999-3066 (reservations only)
Americas Best Value Inn
(Formerly Super 8 Motel)
223 East Highway 20
P.O. Box 653
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-1250             866-976-1250
Trade Winds Lodge
East Highways 20 & 83
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-1600             866-899-1600
Double R Ranch
Located 25 miles south of Merritt Reservoir
Mullen, Nebraska
308-546-2314             866-217-2042
Fax 308-546-2432
pbridge@neb-sandhills.net
Fountain Inn
237 South Cherry
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-2300
Lovejoy Ranch B & B
HC 37 Box 16, Valentine, NE 69201
402-376-2668              800-672-5098 (reservations only)
Valentine Motel & RV Park
East edge at U.S. 20 & 83
P.O. Box A
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-2450             800-376-2450 ext 10 (reservations only)
Lord Ranch Resort
HC 37 Box 41, Valentine, NE 69201
402-376-5984             800-270-0181 (reservations only)
Heartland Elk Ranch
Sparks, NE
402-376-1124
info@HeartlandElk.com
Nibrara River Ranch
Smith Falls Road, Sparks, NE
402-376-6777             866-282-8677
nrrrec@AOL.com

Food, Vehicle Park Permits, Fishing Licenses, etc.

Merritt Resort is located on Highway 97 adjacent to the dam at the north end of Merritt Reservoir.  It is impossible to miss as it is the only developed area near the lake.  It has a convenience store with a number of common food items, fishing tackle, bait, state licenses, and gasoline.  Public showers are available as well as a coin-operated laundry.  Merritt Resort is the only source of these items at the Reservoir.  Valentine is the nearest community to offer major grocery stores, golf, library with wireless internet access, and other small town amenities.

 

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