Things To Know Before You Come
Scotts Bluff National Monument preserves 3,000 acres of unusual landforms and prairie habitat.
There are no campgrounds or food services within the national monument. Soda and bottled water machines are available in the monument's amphitheater, behind the Visitor Center. There is also a drinking fountain and spigot near the Saddle Rock trailhead and restrooms. No facilities are available on the summit.
Summit Road (Open year-round)
Built in the 1930's, the road to the summit is narrow and runs through three vehicular tunnels.
Vehicle width and length restrictions are in effect for the Summit Road. Vehicles longer than 25 feet and/or higher than 11 feet 7 inches are prohibited. All trailers are prohibited.
Visitors have the option to access the summit using our Summit Shuttle.
NOTE: Hiking or bicycling on the Summit Road is only allowed during daylight hours when closed to vehicular traffic. (Before 9 a.m. and after 5:30 year round)
The monument trails are open from sunrise to sunset, and the entrance station gates are locked at sunset.
If you're planning to hike, be sure to bring plenty of water and appropriate clothing for the time of year.
Please do not disturb wildlife, or deface natural features.
In addition, climbing on rock faces is prohibited.
Horseback riding is permitted; however, riding on or adjacent to the remnants of the Oregon Trail, the paved trails, the Summit Road, and parking lots is prohibited.
Did You Know?
The first white men to see Scotts Bluff were seven men from the Robert Stuart Party on Christmas Day 1812. The Stuart party was on their way from Astoria, OR to St. Louis, MO.