Scotts Bluff National Monument

 

Hiking Scotts Bluff National Monument

Scottsbluff-Gering, Nebraska

 

Scotts Bluff National Monument rises just 15 minutes outside the towns of Scottsbluff and Gering in the southwest panhandle of Nebraska. It is part of the historic Oregon Trail and offers many opportunities for sighting birds and other wildlife.

 

Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle, or $15 for an annual pass which includes the Fort Laramie National Historic Site.

 

You can drive to the Scotts Bluff summit, but the hike is worthwhile. The trail is paved, runs 1.6 miles with a 1600 foot gain in altitude. It is an easy to moderate hike, challenging only due to a steady incline.

 

Do you like facts? Me too! Here's one: The Lakota Sioux called Scotts Bluff Me-a-pa-te, meaning "hill that is hard to get around."

 

 

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

 

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

 

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

 

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

 

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

 

 

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Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Bryan Lindenberger
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Black-billed magpie at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Chimney bluffs at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Pine tree in snow atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Friendly deer atop Scotts Bluff National Monument

Legacy of the Plains Museum seen from Scotts Bluff National Monument

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images