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“Loved the scenery, loved the history ... just one problem”

Scotts Bluff National Monument
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Gering
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here after visiting the Chimney Rock monument earlier in the day on an Oregon Trail history trek. The scenery and hiking trails are beautiful, and the history of the pass is fascinating as well. For a reasonable fee, you can drive to the top of the bluff and enjoy outstanding views of the surrounding area. There are additional hiking trails that begin from the parking area at the top of the bluff. We found several different styles of wagons on display that would have been typical of the time period, and it was interesting to see that some of the original ruts from the wagon trains are still visible today.

I was a little disappointed in the visitors' center, however. First impressions, it seemed a bit dated and in need of some remodeling. When we visited, all of the display items were removed from the cases. Signage indicated that they were prepping for new displays. I can understand ... that has to be done from time to time. But there wasn't a lot of other information in the displays apart from the missing items. The video presentation was interesting, though I felt not quite as well done as the one we had seen earlier in the day at Chimney Rock.

The gentleman who was manning the desk was a volunteer. He was very friendly and helpful. But when we went to purchase our pass to drive to the top of the bluff, we had about a 20 minute wait. He informed us that volunteers are not allowed to collect money and the ranger on duty was away at lunch :) Probably a sensible policy, but a bit of an annoyance if you have bad timing. As an engineer geek, I found the scale model of the bluffs very interesting.

Overall, I thought the visitors' center could have done a much better job of exploring the history and the stories of the people that travelled the area. Still, the scenery and the hiking opportunities made up the difference. It was a worthwhile stop.

Thank Mark E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just visited the NHS. The displays in the small visitor center are currently being remodeled and were therefore disappointing.

However, some of the artwork was very nice; and the 15 minute film was quite good.

We drove up on top of the bluff for a look around and enjoyed the short hike that we took. There are some very nice views overlooking Scottsbluff and the surrounding area.

We also enjoyed the outside display of wagons and handcart by the visitors center - although for some reason we missed seeing the ruts that were carved by the passing of wagons more than 150 years ago.

I thought that it was well worth the time spent.

Thank Fsh4Fn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can imagine settlers heading west in Conestoga wagons as Scotts Bluff rises out of the prairie. This is on the route of the old Oregon Trail. The visitors center is staffed by engaging and interested park rangers. There is a nice video to watch. Mail a postcard in the pony express leather bag at the front desk, before you drive up to the overlook and walk the short trails.

Thank leanne517
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This area was beautiful. It has a small visitor’s center. You can drive to the top of the bluff or hike up the trail. There are also trails at the top of the bluff to walk along. The view from the top was fantastic.

Thank RGCG
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Admission was free to the museum and to drive up to the top of the bluff in our own car to take pictures. The kids loved getting more stamps for their NPS passport books and then walking the oregon trail and see more of the oregon trail ruts and being able to walk in them, the same path our own ancestors once took almost 200 years ago. To be able to walk in their footsteps was amazing and surreal. Thank you to the NPS for preserving so much beautiful history! We loved Mitchell Pass and just about everything to do with this historical site.

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