• Sentinal and Eagle Rocks

    Scotts Bluff

    National Monument Nebraska


Depicts a string of wagons moving up the North Platte River valley in western Nebraska. Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff are in the distance.
Courtesy of William Henry Jackson Collection

Scotts Bluff was not the only landmark in this area that pioneers encountered. For many Chimney Rock was a highlight of the trip west. For those passing this way before 1851, Robiduox Pass was a time consuming detour away from the North Platte River and for those emigrants traveling the trail from 1864-1867 the site of Fort Mitchell was a welcome reminder of the protection provided by frontier forts along the road.

Did You Know?

Saddle Rock Trail at Scotts Bluff National Monument

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.