Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge in Nebraska

6100 E. Opal Springs Rd., Wellfleet, Nebraska More than a thousand years ago Native Americans built earthen lodges for shelter

Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge, Nebraska
The way of life of prehistoric Native Americans is revived in a reconstruction of a cottonwood timber lodge set in the rolling prairie hills.

6100 E. Opal Springs Rd., Wellfleet, Nebraska

More than a thousand years ago Native Americans built earthen lodges for shelter and hunted and farmed along the Medicine Creek in Nebraska. Based on archaeological evidence from 800–1300 years ago, their way of life has been reconstructed in the Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge. The lodge inspires visitors to experience a way of life in communion with nature.

Set on 115 acres of rolling prairie hills, the Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge seems far from modern civilization. Its circular shape of cottonwood timbers (whose leaves dance in the wind) has an opening at the top to let daylight in and smoke out. Music and storytelling events interpret ancient history.

Surrounding the lodge, scenic hiking trails wind past natural springs and Opal Lake. Canoes are available for exploring the lake. You can sign up for a buffalo-stew dinner followed by a “celestial happenings” sunset tour around the Medicine Wheel, a circle of stones aligned with the stars.

Open year-round, Memorial Day–Labor Day. Admission charged.

www.dancingleaf.com

(308) 963-4233

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest