A Landmark for Many Peoples

Towering 800 feet above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff has served as a landmark for peoples from Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails to modern travelers. Rich with geological and paleontological history as well as human history, there is much to discover while exploring the 3,000 acres of Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Sunlight illuminates a sandstone bluff with a river flowing through the foreground.

Top Ten Tips for Visiting Scotts Bluff

Make the most of your visit to Scotts Bluff National Monument with these tips!

A group of hikers heads out to an overlook on one of the Summit trails.

Hiking at the Monument

There are nearly 4 miles of trails to choose from when hiking at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

A gray car heads towards a tunnel carved in sandstone.

Driving the Summit Road

Drive the 1.6 mile Summit Road to catch a view from the top of Scotts Bluff.

A watercolor painting depicts covered wagons moving through a tight pass between two bluffs.

The William Henry Jackson Collection

Scotts Bluff National Monument is home to the world's largest collection of William Henry Jackson's artworks.

A cluster of four bright pink ball cactus flowers.

Plants of Scotts Bluff

Learn more about some of the commonly seen plants at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

A prairie vole pops its head out of a burrow.


Learn about some of the animals that call Scotts Bluff National Monument home.

A finger points to sand crystals embedded in sandstone.

Geology and Paleontology

Learn about the geologic processes that formed this unique landmark on the prairie and the organisms that once called it home.

Last updated: May 19, 2022

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