Explore Nebraska's Niobrara River Valley
Cowboy and western culture
At Sandhills Boot Company in Valentine, cobbler and former cowboy Kyle Rosfeld fashions high-dollar footwear for Sandhills ranchers (and tourists who appreciate authentic boots) out of cowhide, lizard skin and other exotics (402/376-5960; sandhillsboots.com). Boots, chaps, ropes, saddles and other authentic tools of the cowboy trade line the shelves at Young's Western Wearhouse (800/658-4398; discountwesternwear.com). Plains Trading Company Booksellers offers works by Nebraska authors and about Native American and Western history (800/439-8640).
Western culture also inspires the Old West Days and Cowboy Poetry Gathering; musicians, storytellers and artists entertain visitors at this October shindig (800/658-4024; nebraskacowboypoetrygathering.com).