The drive up the bluff is rather simple, but the three tunnels and the turns offer a chance to see the surrounding rocks and countryside. For more images, see my Summit Road Travelogue. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) as a depression era project, the road allows us to visit an area of the bluffs that the pioneers seldom if ever saw. The tunnels were hand cut with picks and shovels. Along the way, you'll see wide spots on the road. Were these pull offs for visitors before traffic increased? Were they resting areas for cars that had smaller engines and poorer cooling systems, that might need to stop and cool off? The CCC also built the foot trails on the summit and leading down to the visitor center.
Located at the entrance, the Visitor Center provides an overview of the park and the experiences of the immigrants who came this way.
Leaves from the Visitor Center passed a covered wagon. You can walk along the historic route where 350,000 others walked their way to California and Oregon.