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?
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.