Oregon Trail Museum and Visitor Center [link]
The three exhibit rooms of the Oregon Trail Museum and Visitor Center are accessible. There is also a twelve minute video presentation shown, and a transcript of the program is available. A wheelchair is available for use in the museum and on the trails.
Summit Road and Trail System
Two accessible parking spaces are located at the summit parking area. From the parking lot, paved trails lead to two summit overlooks.
The South Overlook is approximately 300 yards (274 meters) from the parking lot. Access to the North Overlook is by a 16% uphill path of about 60 yards (55 meters). It will take you to a level looping trail system which is about 150 yard (137 meters) long. Several overlooks from the summit will reveal the North Platte Valley. The remaining 100 yards (91 meters) contains a steep downhill grade of 19% with dropoffs on either side.
Saddle Rock Trail [link]
The paved trail is and 1.6 miles long (2.4 km) and leads from the visitor center parking lot to the top of Scotts Bluff. The first 700 yards (630 meters) is accessible for a wheelchair as it crosses prairie grasslands to a juniper ravine near the base of the bluff. Beyond this point is not recommended for wheelchair use as the trail rises steeply for over 1700 yards (1554 meters) with sharp dropoffs .
Oregon Trail Pathway [link]
Following the paved trail west of the museum 50 yards (45 meters) you would come to the eroded Oregon Trail depressions. Along the way you would pass three covered wagons replicas. From the east end of the trail depressions, the trail is unpaved for 380 yards. The paved trail then resumes. The first 106 yards (97 meters) is uphill with a 13% grade. The Jackson campsite is approximately 107 yards (98 meters) further.
Access Passport [link]
The Access Passport is a free lifetime entrance pass to those federal areas which charge an entrance fee. It is available at the information desk to all United States citizens or permanent residents who have been medically determined to have a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that severely limits one or more major life activities.
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.