For many decades, the owners of the Snake Falls Ranch have allowed the public to view the Snake River Falls. Until recently, the public has mostly been respectful of that privilege. In July, for the first time in memory, the Falls were closed to public viewing. In recent months, a recalcitrant attitude by some individuals led to episodes of littering, trespass beyond the viewing area, carving of graffiti onto the sandstone walls behind and adjacent to the falls and other destructive and dangerous acts that were occurring with increasing frequency. To protect the surrounding terrain, including the canyon walls and rock of the Snake River Falls, as well as members of the public, the owners of the Snake Falls Ranch felt compelled to close the Falls to public viewing.
We are planning to reopen Snake River Falls to public viewing on September 16, 2016. New rope fencing has been placed to delineate the boundaries of permitted public access. New signage has been erected to carefully explain the limits of public access and the risks of access in accord with state law. Graffiti has been removed (not without scarring the rock walls, unfortunately) and the litter has been picked up.
The fee for viewing access will still be $1 for adults and $0.75 for children. This minimal charge helps the owners pay for liability insurance. The Falls will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. No members of the public are to pass beyond the rope boundary. River access, including the pool below the Falls, and the canyon walls are also off limits to the public. Any members of the public not complying with these rules will be prosecuted for trespassing.
We hope that everyone who is physically able can come and view the Snake River Falls. Nebraskans, and thousands of individuals from all over the USA and the world, have enjoyed them. Hopefully, all who come will treat the terrain and landscape with the respect that it deserves.