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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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  • Get out and walk the trails both on top of the bluff and down below. There are easy trails and some that are much more of a workout but all are nice. 
    Get out and walk the trails both on top of the bluff and down below. There are easy trails and some that are much more of a workout but all are nice.  more »
  • We had been visiting Denver and opted to do a quick day trip to Cheyenne WY. While there we thought “hey, we’ve never been to Nebraska, it’s just about an hour and a half away, let’s go!”, so we... 
    We had been visiting Denver and opted to do a quick day trip to Cheyenne WY. While there we thought “hey, we’ve never been to Nebraska, it’s just about an hour and a half away, let’s go!”, so we...  more »
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  • It was smokey from wild fires in the country, so we couldn't see Chimney Rock. The ranger at the top had an interesting display about weather, and the ones inside the small museum were helpful with our kids finishing their Junior ranger books. We had a picnic on their shady grass. Nice 30-45 min stop along the road. Gift shop is small but has a few collector items, pins, pioneer-relating souvenirs, etc. Definitely recommend if you have time to drive up to the top and/or pop in the shop and display area.
  • Scotts Bluff ascends like a castle 800+ feet over the prairie below. There is a road that winds towards the summit, with two short trails on top with great views, as well as a third trail below. The vistor center has a free museum and gift shop. The staff was knowledgeable about the history of Scotts Bluff and nearby attractions. I even saw one ranger salute the flag this morning. Overall very impressed!

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