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Niobrara River Executive Retreat

$2,300,000 Sparks, NE 277± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Nestled in the pine-covered canyons along the Niobrara River in Cherry County, Nebraska, is the Niobrara River Executive Retreat. The retreat is very exclusively private and consists of 277± deeded acres with a quarter-mile river frontage on the federally designated Niobrara National Scenic River Corridor. Featured on the property is a 4,300± square foot luxury log home overlooking the river valley, along with a guest house. The river corridor is an ecological crossroads where six distinct ecosystems come together to offer breathtaking views and abundant habitat for numerous wildlife, including elk. Opportunities abound in the surrounding area and river corridor, including floating the river, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, birding, and golfing. The retreat is being offered turnkey with all furniture and the needed amenities to maintain the property.

Just the Facts

  • 277.5± deeded acres
  • 35± dryland farm ground
  • Pine covered canyons with rock outcroppings
  • Large luxurious log home
  • Wrap around deck on the log home
  • Amazing river valley views 
  • Guest home
  • A quarter mile of Niobrara River frontage
  • Spring-fed creek
  • Private drive
  • Abundant wildlife, including elk
  • Proximity to top golf destinations
  • Additional detached garage

General Description

The retreat has a one-mile private drive to the log home and buildings, making it very secluded. The quarter mile of riverfrontage provides easy access to the river for all water activities. The log home sits atop a ridge, which provides breathtaking views of the river and valley. The canyons and bluffs are mostly pine-covered with deciduous tree bottoms. The property also has a spring-fed creek traversing the canyon bottom. A 35-acre dryland field sits at the highest elevation of the property and is surrounded by pine trees and canyons, providing wildlife habitat that is second to none. 

Broker's Comments

The Niobrara River Executive Retreat is located in the top Nebraska tourist destination and will provide endless hours of enjoyment with all the recreational amenities of the property and surrounding area. It is a complete package for an executive retreat or just a private getaway. The luxurious log home is quiet and peaceful, with breathtaking views of the river and valley. Wildlife is abundant with the premier habitat, and all this is located just minutes from Valentine. 

Learn about the locale


Niobrara River Executive Retreat is located near Valentine, Nebraska. From Valentine, travel 18 miles east on Highway 12 to Sparks. Then, 3.75 miles south on Sparks River Road to the Retreat’s private one-mile drive to the property. The property is centrally located between Denver, Colorado, at 390 miles, and Omaha, Nebraska, at 300 miles. Valentine’s Miller Field airport has two hard surface runways located one mile south of Valentine. Runway lengths are 4,700± feet and 3,700± feet, respectively, with an elevation of 2,596± feet, and are jet capable. 


The retreat is part of the Niobrara National Scenic River Corridor and is a popular Nebraska tourist destination. The Niobrara River has been named one of the top ten canoeing rivers in the U.S. and provides endless hours of entertainment. The area is a mecca for the golfing fanatic with two private courses and one public. The two private courses, Prairie Club and Cap Rock, have been recognized nationally as top golf course destinations. Valentine has a newer public course that will challenge the best. Also nearby is the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and Smith Falls State Park, which provide sightseeing, fishing, and hunting opportunities. The area is truly an outdoorsman’s dream. 


  • Rainfall: 21 inches
  • Snowfall: 32 inches
  • Precipitation: 83.2 days
  • Sunny: 224 days
  • Average July High: 88.5°
  • Average january Low: 12°
  • Elevation: 2,582 feet

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

277± deeded acres

35± acres dryland farm ground

One-quarter mile of river frontage

Deeded Acres: 277±
Total Leased Acres:
Total Acres: 277±


The 4,328-square-foot log home was built in 1998 and includes a wraparound deck with magnificent river views. The log home features an open concept with a kitchen and living room with a fireplace, along with a large game room with a full bar and gaming table and a master bedroom loft with a private deck. There is also a fully finished basement highlighted by a fireplace, walkout doors, and garage entry.

A small but quaint 448± square foot guest home sits nearby, and it was built in 2013. A 1,040± square foot detached garage is home to all the outdoor equipment, tools, and standby generator. Finally, a 1,920± square foot storage shed will handle all the remaining needs. 

Water Resources

The Niobrara National Scenic River is a 76-mile free-flowing stretch with a little something for everyone; the river is a destination for crossing adventures off your bucket list. The most popular for river recreation, you can float the Niobrara River on a canoe, tube, tank, or kayak. The property provides river access, which is a rare to find. The access provides a launching point or just a good place to watch the floaters on the weekends. A small spring-fed creek also flows through the property.

Mineral Rights

All seller-owned mineral and water rights will be conveyed to the buyer. 


Annual taxes of $3,220 based on previous years property taxes.

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Wildlife Resources

The natural habitat of river valley with pine tree covered canyons and dryland farm ground provide top notch wildlife habitat and excellent hunting or viewing opportunities. Wildlife includes both whitetail and mule deer, elk, turkeys, bobcat, mountain lion and numerous other birds and game animals. The river corridor is becoming known in the birding community as well. All hunting blinds will stay on the property.

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