Frequently Asked Questions

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What time does Scotts Bluff National Monument open?
Check out the current Operating Hours and Seasons.

What is there to do at Scotts Bluff?
Scotts Bluff National Monument preserves 3,000 acres of unusual land formations and wildlife. For a look at some of the things you can do here, please visit our Things to Do page.

Where are the wagon ruts?
Technically, we don't have wagon ruts due to erosion. To the southwest of the visitor's center, however, you can see the wagon roadbed through Mitchell Pass and hike about 1/2 mile of the actual road on our Oregon Trail Pathway.

Where's Mitchell Pass?
First used in 1851, it's about three miles west of Gering and about 300 yards from the visitor center, situated between Eagle Rock and Sentinel Rock.

What are the names of the Five Rocks?
Crown Rock, Dome Rock, Eagle Rock, Saddle Rock, and Sentinel Rock.

How far can you see from the summit?
On a clear day, one can see approximately one hundred miles west to Laramie Peak.

What is the elevation at the summit?
4,659 feet (1,420 meters). About 800 feet above the North Platte River.

Do you have a Junior Ranger Program?
Yes! And we encourage all our young visitors to participate and earn a certificate and a Junior Ranger badge!

How do you get to the William Henry Jackson collection?
Scotts Bluff National Monument has the largest collection of William Henry Jackson photographs, paintings, and drawings in the world. A portion of the collection is on display in the Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center. Can't make it to the monument to view the collection? Check out the online exhibit William Henry Jackson: Pioneer Photographer.

What are some other nearby parks?
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is about 52 miles north of Scotts Bluff. Fort Laramie National Historic Site is about 50 miles west of Scotts Bluff. The Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center are about 10 miles south of Scotts Bluff. For more information, check out our Nearby Attractions page!

Last updated: June 26, 2022

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Gering , NE 69341


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