PRAIRIE ADVENTURES AT THE EJE RANCH
Approx. 90 minutes — Mild Exertion
PrairieAdventures Tours is run out of the EJE Ranch just south of Kimball. This ranch is a 4th generation family cow/calf operation that has always strived to work with mother nature. The ranch is almost entirely native short grass prairie that has never been tilled. It hosts a ton of native wildlife in addition to the herds and is a great place for bird watching. In addition to tours, the EJE Ranch hosts an annual harvest moon gazing party out in the pasture, as well as prairie wildflower hikes and birdwatching hikes in season.
BEEHAVEN FARMS and ROADSIDE MARKET
Approx. 90 minutes — Mild Exertion
BeeHaven Farms is a small Cow/Calf operation just north of Kimball on highway 71. Their ranch is almost all shortgrass prairie that is home to a wide array of native species. In addition to their ranching operation, they also have chickens, ducks, and sheep to go along with an extensive garden, apiary (honey bees), and a growing greenhouse operation. They’re more than happy to show visitors around and they also have a store that features produce and products from local operations. For larger groups, they will arrange a fresh farm to fork meal with sufficient notice. To learn more about their operation go to www.beehaven-farm.com or stop by if you’re in the area.
MONKEY RANCH BUFFALO TOURS
Visit a working ranch that raises grass fed American bison (buffalo). You will have the opportunity to get personal while in the safety of an enclosed vehicle and may have the chance to hand feed a buffalo some hay biscuits. Tours are only available in the spring, summer, and fall on the weekends and during daylight hours. Arrangement can be made through the Kimball Area Tourism office. Call 308-241-0573.
Mean Wind Energy Farm
The MEAN Wind Project at Kimball
The Wind Project at Kimball is owned and operated by MEAN, the wholesale electricity supply arm of NMPP Energy, based in Lincoln, Neb. The 10.5-megawatt wind farm consists of seven turbines and is located approximately three miles northwest of Kimball, in western Nebraska.
The project was created to provide reliable, economical, environmentally friendly energy to MEAN’s participating utilities and their customers.”As an organization, we are driven to provide economical energy for our members and to be ever conscious of environmental concerns,” said Richard Duxbury, former executive director of NMPP Energy. “This is the basis on which we entered into this project.” The wind farm provides energy to communities in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.
Treasure Trek is a collection of seven antique and second-hand stores in the town of Kimball. The best browsing day is Saturday! For a map of locations, contact us at the High Point Welcome Center. We can point you in the direction of some other unusual shops, too.
Kimball County has a wide variety of shops and stores that feature things that you might not find anywhere else. The list is also on the back of the Treasure Trek map.
This tour will take you through downtown Kimball showing you the history and evolution of our community.
Kimball once claimed the title “America’s Missile Center” because we had over 200 missile sites in our area. We still have a strong military presence and our citizens have a deep respect for all who serve in the military to promote peace in the world.
Kimball also promotes peace. Peace quote plaques found in business establishments encourage harmony in our lives. Follow the Kimball map and learn about national and world leaders who help keep peace and their famous peace quotes. Get a map from the Welcome Center on I-80. Get started on your scavenger hunt!
For The Birds
April 1 to May 15 the Mountain Plover migration comes through Kimball and bird watching tours leave from the welcome center every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.. There is also a weekly hawk watch every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. and weekly ground nesting viewing on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Tours leave from the Welcome Center, weather permitting. Call 308-241-0573 for a reservation.
Wild Flowers & Garden Tours
The first week of June is Nebraska Wildflower Week, but all of June is good for wildflowers. If you are interested in a wildflower hike, set tours are scheduled for 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday of the starting weekend and the closing weekend of Nebraska Wildflower Week. There is also a 6 p.m. hike on Wednesday evening of that week. Tours are dependent on the weather. Reservations are required. Meet at the High Point Welcome Center of Western Nebraska located at I-80, Exit 20.
Wildflower tours and Short Grass Prairie tours are available the rest of the month of June by arrangement. Group rates are available. Contact us for more information.
These beautiful gardens are open to tours by appointment from July through the first frost. Enjoy this amazing flower garden. To schedule a tour call 308-241-1420.
After June, you are invited to tour SunnyView Gardens, 501 Adams Street, Kimball. The Gardens are on display until the first freeze ends the season. Musical light shows for Halloween and Christmas begin in early October. Contact us for more information.
Brookside Farm: Summers
Visit a late 1800’s farm. Call 308-241-0573 for an appointment.
Located just two miles from Kimball a former Atlas E Missile Site that has been converted into a home. Tours are available year-round by appointment. To see more of what the missile house has to offer go to the website or call 402-547-4116 for an appointment.
Prepare to golf up to 4 of the best courses in Western
Nebraska. Build your package: choose the courses and your hotels. We’ll make all the arrangements. Call 844-202-4653 to schedule. Click here to download the brochure.
Girlfriends Treasure Trek
Spend the weekend shopping for antiques, browsing second-hand shops, and discovering hidden treasures. Call 308-241-0573 for details. Click here to download the brochure.