The 5,000 acre Hutton Niobrara Ranch Sanctuary is located in Northern Nebraska near the South Dakota border. The property was a gift to Audubon of Kansas, Inc. in 2002, by the late Lucille Hutton, in consideration of the wishes of Harold Hutton, her late husband, who wanted the property managed as a wildlife sanctuary.
The Sanctuary property is located along the pristine National Scenic Niobrara River. I recently spent 5 days there photographing a controlled prairie burn and enjoying the wildlife and scenery.
The Sanctuary is being managed with world class conservation strategies to protect the wildlife and the habitat that supports the wildlife.
The Hutton Niobrara Ranch Sanctuary is an absolutely magical place to visit.
I spend a couple of days scouting the Sanctuary looking for an ideal campsite. I find this hill with some clear views to the river below. It was a wonderful site to observe the area.
The clear skies provided enough solar energy to the battery to run my systems during my stay.
Life is good.
Magic lighting illuminates the Niobrara below my campsite.
The raucous sounds of meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, turkeys, geese, and other birds which I am not skilled enough to identify their calls, awaken me mornings.
The deer at the Sanctuary are numerous and willing to accommodate being photographed.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
It looks outstanding. Were you able to boondock there because you were invited by the Sanctuary, or is some primitive camping allowed?
Audubon of Kansas is anxious to share the the grounds with visitors. they have two houses on the property that can be rented for a fee. I would suspect each visitor can work with them on any boondock arrangements. More information is available at: