Scotts Bluff National Monument

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Scotts Bluff National Monument

Scotts Bluff National Monument
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
Sep 2019
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 out, walking the historic grounds and seeing the sights, including the still visible Oregon Trail, it is difficult not to reflect upon the thousands of emigrants that passed through and what they were thinking when they saw the bluffs after many days passing through the nondescript great plains, the difficulties they must have endured and the promise of a better life in the west that drove them on.

Be sure not to miss the best part of the monument, a drive or hike to the top of Scotts Bluff and walking the short, paved South and North Overlook Trails to get excellent bird’s eye views of the pass, surrounding bluffs, city of Scottsbluff, the North Platte River and valley, and the badlands between the river and Scotts Bluff that was the reason for the trail to depart its route along the river and detour through Mitchell Pass.
Written August 30, 2020
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Ward D
Satellite Beach, FL2,296 contributions
Oct 2020
The staff manning the entrance booth was very helpful. The visit was free and the visitors center was closed when we visited. There were some porta-potties across from the visitors center at the bottom of the bluff. It appeared that you could walk from the visitors center up to the bluff or drive. We chose to drive. It was a relatively easy and quick drive that took about 10 minutes. There is a parking lot at the top for about 30 vehicles. From there you can see a great vista from the parking lot. If you are up to it there are 2 main trails to the north and south. The south is a paved path that is 1/8 mile. The north trail is ½ mile and has at several great views. I would highly recommend a visit to this site if you are in the area.
Written October 16, 2020
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Jeremiah Z
Roseville, MN2,282 contributions
Jul 2020
We visited in the early morning hours on a weekday and walked up the park road to the top of the bluffs before the road opened for the day. Then we did the two short walks to the North and South Overlooks before descending back to the Visitor Center/main parking lot via the Saddle Rock Trail. We also did the short out-and-back walk on the Oregon Trail Pathway. In all, this took us under 3 hours (about 5 mi. total of hiking).

We really thought visiting the park this way gave us the best views of the surrounding landscape, and the morning light was fantastic. By later in the day in the summer, it would probably be too hot. It's not very busy in the morning, either.

The most scenic spot in the park is probably the view at the South Overlook. Gorgeous! Also, descending the Saddle Rock Trail is tons of fun as there aren't many places in NE you can hike with switchbacks on the trail.
Written July 23, 2020
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Nicole F
Austin, TX127 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
I did not go up the monument, as I am scared of heights. On a hot summer day, there was little hiking that I could see that would have been shaded.

If you are coming in summer, you will most likely spend most of your visit in your car unless you are blessed with cooler weather or arrange to come early

I will say the visitor's center was wonderful. Great AC, a theatre room with an astounding view and a video they show if you request (ask the front desk). Full bathrooms with numerous stalls. Art work, a room of hands on kids' displays, some features for adults, and a nice gift shop. Numerous helpful staff

Apparently this was just renovated.

I complained that some of the national parks don't have bathrooms open until 9 a.m. and they said they open at 8.

For our family, this was a stop between Black Hills recreation and Denver.

This park emphasizes historical pioneer travels in this area more than geological interest.
Written July 14, 2021
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OutdoorKidz
Omaha, NE797 contributions
Sep 2021
Very interesting spot to spend a little bit of time. No entrance fee is charged. The gate for the paved road to the top closes at 4pm, so arrive in plenty of time to take the short drive to the top. Rangers will round people up shortly before 4:30pm to escort visitors back to the entrance. There are some short hiking trails on top for big views of Scottsbluff and the surrounding area.
Written October 3, 2021
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Mrschicoaustralia
Vicksburg, MS33 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We drove here specifically to see it as part of a road trip, adding on a couple of hours in the process. It was beautiful, without doubt, but we felt that our kids were too young to hike to the top, so we just did the short hikes at the top. We saw trail runners heading up, which my husband and I would have loved to have done (without kids).

I would recommend seeing Chimney Rock if in the area. We got caught in sand storms and watched tumbleweeds race down the highway, which our kids loved!
Written December 21, 2020
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bigtyke
Greeley, CO6,764 contributions
Mar 2021
We made just a short stop to get a picture of my son and his girlfriend. My wife and I had visited previously. The Vistor Center building is complete, although I think that it still needs more exhibits. The restroom is nice and CLEAN - quite a contrasrt to the stinky portapotty that was there previously!
Written March 30, 2021
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kedalion1
Sheboygan, WI211 contributions
Sep 2020
Big asterisk, we visited during CoVid, so your results may vary... we stopped at Scottsbluff NM on a hot and sunny afternoon in September. Only the picnic area, trails, and drive to the top of the bluff were available (however it was free so that was a plus), and we drove to the top - the drive is narrow and windy, so no trailers! Once you get to the top you can walk north or South and we did both, each one about the same in terms of beauty and view, but there was probably more to look at on the South walk. Be absolutely sure not to leave the trail though, the rangers heavily patrol the ridge and remember the Park Service as a whole does not like humans that much, they can and will fine you so is it really worth it? I always enjoy letting my car do most of the elevation to get to see a nice view, so Scottsbluff was no disappontment! If CoVid continues you have to bring your own drinks, as water at this site was shut down when I was there.
Written March 24, 2021
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Travel4Fun31
Roselle, IL361 contributions
Mar 2020
Stunning view, from below and above. Only draw back is if you want to drive up the monument, they close at 4:00 pm. Wish they were open later, this would be a fabulous place to watch the sun set!
Drove up to the top, and even though it was overcast the views were amazing. Went along the Old Oregon Trail a bit too to get some better views of the monuments from other angles. Well worth a stop and some time to hang out. Such great views.
Written March 16, 2020
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FTTN
Harrisburg, PA278 contributions
Jun 2021
Even if you are only passing through, you must stop and see Scott's Bluff. A natural monument that is breathtaking. The twisting drive to the top is worth it: 800 feet above the plains. Beautiful views, really something!
Written July 6, 2021
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