Things to See and Do!

Must See & Do in the Mullen Area!!

Mullen has a heated swimming pool that opens Memorial weekend and closes when school starts. There are two parks in town, one with restrooms open during the summer, with a tennis court and a basketball court. Mullen also has a six lane bowling alley, a nice community golf course, historic courthouse, and a disc golf course.

The Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental is located at 507 SW 1st Street. It is open twelve months a year and offers canoes, kayaks and tanks. The Dismal River’s swift current, winding channel and natural obstacles make it one of Nebraska’s most challenging rivers for the experienced canoeist. The tanks are water tanks for cattle that are placed on the river; several people sit inside and enjoy a leisurely float down the river. The Glidden’s also offer sharp-tail and prairie-chicken viewings in the spring during their mating season. The motel is open 24 hours.

Just one mile North of Mullen on Highway 97, the Middle Loup River meanders through the lush green meadows and incredible highlands which are some of the most beautiful hills in the area. Both the Dismal and Middle Loup Rivers are spring fed and support great water recreational sports and offer good photography opportunities. 

The Double R Guest Ranch is the place to be for hunting, fishing, and viewing flora and fauna. The address is 86091 Double R Drive and the ranch is 19 miles North on Highway 97. It is open year round for your hunting pleasure when sharp-tail grouse, pheasant, dove, ducks, geese, white tail deer, and mule deer are in season. Fish for yellow perch and northern pike in a spring fed lake. Listed on the birding trail, you will find a wide variety of birds and abundant wildflowers. The lush meadows, several lakes and marshes, and high sandy dunes provide wonderful photo ops, a variety of hiking experiences, and scenic views. In addition to the deluxe lodging with kitchenettes, they also have a historical three room original sod house with an attic. It was the home of the first and only doctor of the North Country hills. It was built in 1908 and is available for viewing. On site is also a restored original one room schoolhouse that is also available for viewing. For more information call toll free at 866-217-2314 or visit the web site at www.sandhilldoublerranch.com.

The Mullen Historical Hotel was originally the Hamm Hotel and it now houses the Hooker County Historical Museum. The building was sold in the early 1980s to the Mullen Historical Society. It has been renovated to house exhibits in every room on each of the three floors. One of the most talked about exhibits is the upstairs military room and hallway. Framed photos of our military men and women line the hallway of the 3rd floor. This is an impressive display of the area’s wartime and peacetime military.  Among other interesting exhibits you will find a pioneer kitchen and washroom, an early beauty shop, a one-room schoolroom complete with desks and books, a cowboy room, a music room, church room, periodicals, and other displays tracing the history and the people of this area. The museum is open Memorial weekend and for various local events and by appointment. Visitors who come without reservations will find a sign on the door with phone numbers so they can call for assistance with viewing the museum. 

Situated along the Dismal River, three miles South of Mullen on Highway 97, and 17 miles west, is the Dismal River Club. This private golf club opened for business in 2006 and features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that rolls through the natural terrain of Nebraska’s Sandhills. It was recently ranked among Golfweek’s Best New Courses in 2007. The expansive clubhouse, with its high ceilings, houses spacious areas for the golf shop, poker and pool rooms, theater, saloon and horseshoe pits. 

Travel 15 miles north of Mullen on Highway 97 and then three miles west to find the Dry Valley Church. Dry Valley Church is an original condition country church that has been authentically restored to its glory days of the early 1900s and includes a pioneer cemetery that is still being used for burials. The original pews, organ, lectern, and hymnals make this a special stop for the history buffs. The church can be visited by appointment by calling Pat Bridges at 308-546-2314.  Special services are held on Memorial Day and Christmas night every year at the Dry Valley Church. The oversight committee holds a yearly Memorial Day Service and a Christmas Night Candle Light Service which are both open to the public.

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