• Sentinal and Eagle Rocks

    Scotts Bluff

    National Monument Nebraska

Interpretive Programs

Frenchie

Frenchie, an early fur trader

NPS Photo

From living history on the Oregon Trail to ranger walks and talks, interpretive programs will open your eyes to the rich human and natural history of Scotts Bluff National Monument.

The summer months are full of different programs:

Daily:

Rangers will be roving at various times during the day. You may find them on top of the bluff, walking the Saddle Rock Trail or along the Oregon Trail. Be prepared to discover the importance of the geology of the bluffs, the variety of flowers that bloom on the plains or more about the human history of the area.

Saturdays:

Visit with a ranger in clothing from the past. They may be a fur trader, an immigrant from the Oregon Trail or a worker from the Civilian Conservation Corps. If you see a sign designating a date in the past as you approach, it is time to leave modern times behind. The character you meet will believe you and they are from that time period and they will not be able to answer questions about anything later.

In the afternoons, guest speakers take the spotlight at 3:00 pm as they present programs in the visitor center on topics ranging from the Plains Indians to Mark Twain on the Lecture Circuit.

Sundays:

During June the popular "Music at the Monument" series will set toes tapping at 3:00 pm in the visitor center as different performers liven the air with their tunes.

Visit with a ranger in clothing from the past. They may be a fur trader, an immigrant from the Oregon Trail or a worker from the Civilian Conservation Corps. If you see a sign designating a date in the past as you approach, it is time to leave modern times behind. The character you meet will believe you and they are from that time period and they will not be able to answer questions about anything later.

 
Pony Express Rider

2011 Pony Express Re-rider

NPS Photo

Annual Special Events

February: The Great Backyard Bird Count: join a ranger who will drive you out to an area to identify and count birds as part of this nationwide effort to track where and how many birds are on the continent.

April: The last full week of April is National Park Week during which all parks are fee free. Not only is it free to visit, there are several events to participate in including: the Monumental Clean-up; "The Artist's Perception" Art Show and National Jr. Ranger Day.

June: The Pony Express Re-ride: Witness a rider dash up on their horse, leap off, grab the Mochilla, put in on a fresh horse, mount and ride on just as in 1860.

July: Oregon Trail Days is a community wide celebration and the park participates in the parade and by hosting the Bike Hill Climb on Saturday morning.

December: On the first Saturday learn more about how Christmas on the Prairie was celebrated in the 19th century as you and your children make old fashioned ornaments while listening to live music of the period.

For one weekend the summit road will be open after dark for holiday lights viewing from the top of the bluff.


All programs are free with a valid park entrance pass.

For more information, check the events calendar on this website, call the visitor center at 308-436-9700, go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps, or our Twitter site : http://twitter.com/ScottsBluffNPS.

Did You Know?

Tunnel Two on the Summit Road at Scotts Bluff National Monument

The Summit Road at Scotts Bluff National Monument is believed to be the oldest existing concrete road in the state of Nebraska. The road allows visitors to drive to the top of the bluff through three tunnels for a spectacular view of the valley.