Scotts Bluff is named after a fur trapper - Hiram Scott who had a fateful trip to the bluff in 1828. The legends of his life and death add to the many stories of Scotts Bluff.
William Henry Jackson, was a pioneer photographer and artist whose lifespan covered 99 years (1843 -1942). Jackson witnessesd and documented the westward expansion, American Indian life, and was one of the first to photograph Yellowstone. Scotts Bluff National Monument is proud to have the world's largest collection of his sketches, paintings, and photographs.
Did You Know?
The 1.6 mile Saddle Rock Trail leads hikers from the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center to the summit. Though the wagon ruts have eroded away, the 1/2 mile Oregon Trail Pathway runs from the Visitor Center to the remnants and roadbed of the Oregon Trail.