How Scottsbluff was named
Towering 800 feet above the North Platte River, 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.
Where we stayed
We pulled into Robidoux Campground in Gehring, Nebraska to spend a few days to explore. When we arrived, the camp host assigned us the absolutely best site in the whole park. He actually didn’t mind that we parked backwards so we could take in the gorgeous view of Scotts Bluff!
That next morning, while enjoying coffee and muffins, our eyes kept getting drawn to the top of the bluff. We decided we’d put on our hiking shoes and hike our way to the top. We packed a small daypack with lots of water and began our ascent to Scotts Bluff National Monument.
Hiking to the top of Scotts Bluff National Monument
Then, the second third of the trail climbs to the foot tunnel.
Once we hiked through the tunnel, it led to an incredible view of the Town of Gering and farmland in the Platte River Valley.
Dan was contemplating whether to go there…
Because, this is why…
Coming down the trail was a bit more tedious, especially on our knees. And, we paid for it for a few days after. But the hike was worth it. We certainly got to feel the impression of what the travelers went through during their journeys to the west.
If you’re wanting a good lunch spot after your hike…
The Mixing Bowl Cafe – Gering, Nebraska
More things to do in the area
Chimney Rock National Historic Site and Oregon Trail
A LIGHTHOUSE in Nebraska???
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