While big swathes of the Great Plains have partially recovered from the extreme 2012 drought, some sections are still desperately dry.
For first-timers, the prospect of hopping on the back of a sheep for a wild ride can stir a range of emotions.
Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century.
Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. Limited irrigation resources pose a particular problem in Colorado.