• Sentinal and Eagle Rocks

    Scotts Bluff

    National Monument Nebraska

Prairie View Trail

A view of Saddle Rock from the Monument's Bicycle Path

Photo by Jonathan S. Garcia

The best views of Saddle Rock, Dome Rock, Sentinel Rock and Mitchell Pass can be seen from the Prairie View Trail. The paved 1.2 mile path is open to bicycle riding as well as foot traffic and leads from the visitor center parking lot to the east boundary of the monument. At the east boundary, the path connects with the cities of Scottsbluff and Gering's Monument Valley Pathway System.

For safety reasons, bicycling on the Summit Road is prohibited when the road is open to vehicular traffic. When the Summit Road gate is locked*, the road is open for biking during daylight hours.

Every mid-July, the city of Gering holds the Bike Hill Climb - a timed race to the summit via the Summit Road in street and mountain bike divisions. For specific dates, visit the city of Gering's website.

*Before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m. in the summer. Before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. in the off-season.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of construction on one of the vehicular tunnels on the summit road at Scotts Bluff National Monument

The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) built nearly every structure at the Scotts Bluff National Monument in the 1930's - the summit road, Saddle Rock Trail, the visitor center, the maintenance barn, and a residence now used for administration. More...