After passing the Chimney Rock formation, the westbound settlers came upon another key part of the journey. Scotts Bluff itself rises over the town carrying its name. The wagons would go through a pass between the bluffs in order to avoid the large obstacle. The name of the bluffs comes from one of the settlers who was left here to die. This very...more
This needlelike rock formation wa a key focal point for travellers going west in the 19th Century. Many journals describe the rock formation and the joy of seeing it, because they knew that they had covered a certain distance. Over the years, the height of the needle has diminished due to erosion. However, it is very impressive and will continue to...more
You should visit the Oregon Trail sites. Scottsbluff/Gering is a major landmark on the Oregon Trail. There was at one time a Pony Express station near Bayard, which is 10 minutes away. Chimney Rock is also in Bayard. There's a new welcome center there that I have never been there, since it was built after we moved away. I hear it's really good,...more
1821 Frontage Rd, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Good for: Business
301 WEST HIGHWAY 26, Scottsbluff, NE 69363
Good for: Families
301 West Highway 26, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 69361, United States
Good for: Families
There are many restaurants in the area. I'll try to review several later. For starters, a good web link to try is: www.visitscottsbluff.com/ That should let you see what is available in a general sense. They also have links for attractions, lodging, etc. Enjoy!more
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Since this is out of the way, the most likely way to get here is by car. I rented a car from Denver and gradually worked my way through there going through Cheyenne, Panorama Point, and then into Scottsbluff. Going back to Denver, I went into Wyoming to see Ft. Laramie before driving back south to Colorado. Scottsbluff is not too far from I-80 if you are making a cross country trip. You would make the turnoff in Kimball, NE and enter some very scenic country on your way here. Watch for the Wildcat Hills on the way.
If Scottsbluff alone is your interest for a trip, there is a small airport here. Flights come and go between Denver, CO. and you can rent a car at the airport.
Western Nebraska is a pretty rural place and as such people here tend to be friendly and informal. Don't be surprised when people give you a little wave when driving past you in the opposite direction. No, they don't necessarilly think they know you, that's just a common courtesy here. Some variations are the "one finger wave" (no, not that one!) and the "head nod". Feel free to wave back.
This is to the southwest of Scottsbluff and almost to the tristate border with Colorado and Wyoming. If you are travelling in the Interstate 80 region and want to do something a little different, this could be an option. Panorama Point is the highest elevation in the state. It is even higher than the rock formations around Scottsbluff. Most likely,...more
This is not too far away, but if you're into paleontology or just history of any kind, visit Agate Fossil Beds north of Scottsbluff/Gering. It is a National Park, I think. So check out www.nps.gov for more information. This is the Harold Cook Homestead which is located there.more