Scotts Bluff National Monument, Gering, Nebraska, USA
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.
Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center and Summit Road are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Passes: $5 per vehicle, $3 per motorcycle, $3 per person (walking or bicycling). Also available: Monument annual pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Annual Pass, Military Annual Pass, and Access Pass.
Drive Summit Road 1.6 miles to the top of Scotts Bluff through the only three drive-through tunnels in the state. Size restrictions exist and all trailers are prohibited. Free shuttle service available as staffing allows.
The National Monument contains multiple bluffs located on the south side of the North Platte River; it is named for one prominent bluff called Scotts Bluff, which rises over 800 feet above the plains at its highest point.
Scotts Bluff National Monument in western Nebraska includes an important 19th-century landmark on the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail. The monument is composed of five rock formations named Crown Rock, Dome Rock, Eagle Rock, Saddle Rock, and Sentinel Rock.
Scotts Bluff County and the city of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, were named after the landmark.
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