• 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?

Dome Rock as seen from the summit of the South Bluff at Scotts Bluff National Monument

Climbing Dome Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument is extremely dangerous and is prohibited because of the crumbly nature of the Brule clay formation that makes up its steep walls.