Scotts Bluff National Monument, Gering

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Scotts Bluff National Monument is located west of the City of Gering in western Nebraska, United States. This National Park Service site protects over 3,000 acres of historic overland trail remnants, mixed-grass prairie, rugged badlands, towering bluffs and riparian area along the North Platte River. The park boasts over 100,000 annual visitors.

The monument's north bluff is named after Hiram Scott, who was a clerk for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and died near the bluff in 1828. The bluff served as an important landmark on the Oregon Trail, California Trail and Pony Express Trail, and was visible at a distance from the Mormon Trail. Over 250,000 westward emigrants passed by Scotts Bluff between 1843 and 1869. It was the second-most referred to landmark on the Emigrant Trails in pioneer journals and diaries.

Scotts Bluff County and the city of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, were named after the landmark.
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  • If you don't have time to hike...pull off the road at the entrance sign and go to the overlook for a spectacular view. You can drive up the peak and hike up there or park at the base and hike up and....  more »
  • Pulling up in the early morning light of Autumn, I was struck by the surprising natural beauty of Mitchell Pass with Scotts Bluff on one side and Sentinel Rock on the other. Stopping and getting...  more »
  • You must visit the Monument the view of the North Platte Valley is spectacular! I have taken family/friends to the top more times then I could count and each time I always see something new. Highly recommend it and you will enjoy it! Also, visit the museum at the base of the monument the artifacts are of the early pioneers and Native Americans or take the guided tour. We are proud of Western Nebraska and our heritage and you will understand why once you see what we have to offer and visit with our people on any stop you make while might just decide to stay a while!
  • Nice National Monument. Unfortunately the visitor center was under renovation, so we didn’t get to see their collection. The hiking trail up was really neat, especially the hand cut tunnel. The rangers were really friendly and informative. This might not be an ideal place for someone terrified of heights, but the views are epic! A great place to spend the day.

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