Scotts Bluff National Monument, NE

Scotts Bluff National Monument, July 2022

A key milestone along the Oregon and California historic trails, the chalky hightops of Scotts Bluff rise skyward above the broad Platte River Valley in western Nebraska. Here pioneers heading west along the North Platte had to detour south to evade some nasty badlands, bringing them up and over Mitchell Pass, wedged between the impressive towers of Scotts Bluff and South Bluff. Today the area is protected as Scotts Bluff National Monument, a 3,000-acre site that includes a scenic drive, several overlooks, and a small trail system. Panoramic views greet visitors at North and South Overlooks, and ambitious travelers can hike to and from the Visitor Center on the steep Saddle Rock Trail. Scotts Bluff is a must-visit for those passing through the Nebraska panhandle.

Scotts Bluff from near the Visitor Center
South Bluff from the Park Entrance
Driving up the scenic drive to atop Scotts Bluff
View of Saddle Rock from parking area
South Overlook view
Another South Overlook view
North Overlook view
Looking across the town of Scottsbluff
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