A Landmark for Many Peoples Towering 800 feet above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff has served as a landmark for peoples from Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails to modern travelers. Rich with geological and paleontological history as well as human history, there is much to discover while exploring the 3,000 acres of Scotts Bluff National Monument.
Brittany A. on Scotts Bluff National Monument Trail
Beautiful landmark of the Oregon Trail. Nice easy hike we took on a road trip to stretch our legs. Beautiful wild flowers!
I went out to west Nebraska this spring, May 2015; had a wonderful trip seeing 12 state parks in 5 days. I walked a portion of the trail at Scotts Bluff National Monument. It's part of the Oregon Trail traveled by the pioneers. It was great; I loved seeing all the beauty around me. The weather was perfect. I drove up through the tunnel and great view from the top. I would like to go back some day and see it again.
The South Overlook is at the end of a .4 mile asphalt path that provides a scenic view of Mitchell Pass, and the Scott's Bluff National Monument Visitor Center. One can clearly see four of the five rock formations of Scott's Bluff: Crown Rock, Dome Rock, Eagle Rock, and Saddle Rock. Remnants of the Oregon Trail are also visible as it crosses Mitchell Pass.
We hiked to the top and took the NPS shuttle down. Very well maintained, paved trail. Great view of the city of Gering below, mountains to the west. Not only was the trail a lot of fun, the site itself has wonderful and very knowledgeable staff.
Nice visitor center with lots of displays and information about the Oregon Trail. Also great photo op with covered wagons in front of the bluff near center. We drove to the top and hiked to the South Overlook and the North Overlook. Both were nice views and short trails.