“Like the Sahara desert, but covered top to bottom in lush green grass.”
With over 30,000 acres of rolling, natural grass in the heart of the Sandhills in Nebraska, the Abbott Ranch is happy to welcome you. Originally homesteaded in the late 1800s, this sixth-generation working cattle ranch has provided an abundance of wildlife for over a century. In addition to the grasslands, our ranch consists of shelterbelts, ponds, marshes, and wetland areas. We have 30 miles of spring-fed, open-water tributaries of natural rivers, creeks, and man-made ditches, including an 11 mile stretch along the Snake River.
The ranch is comprised of two locations; the Largest being the main ranch location and the smaller ‘tailbone,' ranch located 20 miles away. A variety of waterfowl can frequently be found throughout the entire ranch.
Our lodging entails an old, ranch-style bunkhouse that has been well maintained. The bunkhouse has beds for nine people, plus a couch for a tenth. It includes plenty of chairs, a TV, fridge, microwave, and a full bathroom. In addition, the ranch barn hayloft is just 40 yards away and offers a great entertainment area with a bar, pool table, shuffleboard, TV, fridge, microwave, grill, and wood stove. Wifi is available in the bunkhouse, although cell service is spotty throughout the property.
The Abbott Ranch is looking forward to meeting you and supporting your next booked trip!
eBird Checklists available for this property
Property Details & Ground Rules
- Check In: After 8:00 AM
- Check Out: Before 8:00 AM
- Campfires: Not allowed
- Pets: Allowed on property
- ATV's: Allowed
- Parking: Yes
- Vehicles: 8 Allowed
- Drive-in Access: Yes
- Walk-in Access: No
- Guests: 8 Allowed
Cancellation Policy: Refunds are only available within 48 hours of the landowner accepting your booking request.
- NBNolan BJuly 2021
It's very rare for me to discover and add new species to my life list within North America, but it was easy on the Abbott Ranch. We birded there for an entire day and found 55 species, including Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole, Blue winged teal, and the largest population of grasshopper sparrows I have ever seen. The landscapes were beautiful with well constructed paths and roads for driving 4-wheel drive. Everyone was very nice and offered a lot of help on locating species and areas of interest. Definitely will be returning in the spring to find some amazing species. Great place to enjoy birding in nature with privacy and no disturbances.