Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard

National Park · Historic Site
Chimney Rock is a prominent geological rock formation in Morrill County in western Nebraska. Rising nearly 300 feet (91 m) above the surrounding North Platte River valley, the peak of Chimney Rock is 4,228 feet (1,289 m) above sea level. The formation served as a landmark along the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail during the mid-19th century. The trails ran along the north side of the rock, which remains a visible landmark for modern travelers along U.S. Route 26 and Nebraska Highway 92.
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  • As a native Western Nebraskan (now living in Eastern NE) I've been here numerous times, but this is the first time in a long time and brought my wife and her mother. Magnificent site!!  more »
  • Nice historic stop along the Oregon trial on the road from Ogallala to Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering. Most visitors centers were open along our travels, this one was closed. It was worth...  more »
  • I had the very same experience as Marcia. I puzzled over the older lady's sharp, haughty attitude, especially when a man came in with his wife and asked identical questions to mine, yet she responded in a friendly, chatty manner (We asked if our National Park Pass could be used at this site). She may be a volunteer or even a benefactor, but her attitude is doing no good for this site. She was friendlier when I bought some items in the gift shop and she processed the sale. I considered paying to see the museum and film, but her attitude made me decide against it. Interesting note - this site was organized by benefactors involved in aviation, this site was a landmark used by aviators to navigate by in the 20's and 30's.
  • Very cool, however this is as close as you will get to the monument, as we were told the property between the visitors center and the monument itself is all privately owned. The vistor center itself was really nice.

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Duration: 2 hours