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Scotts Bluff National Monument has been visited by a wide range of people from locations both domestic and international over the last seven months. The guest register kept in the Visitor Center shows people have come from far and near to visit the National Monument to learn more about the cultural and natural history of the area.
The guest register, which is voluntary, remains available for any visitor to sign. Additional information regarding the visitor can also be obtained including final destination and intentions to visit other areas within the region. Out of a total of 1,191 parties to sign the register between early June, 2011 and the end of January, 2012, 1,089 were from the United States. All but one of the 50 states was represented by at least one party with Vermont as the missing state. Predictably, Nebraska was home to the highest number with 22% of the domestic visitors followed by Colorado with 9%. Of the 26 parties of international visitors, Germany took the top spot with 24%. Considering the high percentage of locals of German descent, there must be something about the area that draws them here. Our closest neighbor, Canada, was represented by 14% of the international visitors. Visitors came from many countries in Europe including tiny Luxembourg. Other nations represented include: Iceland, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Philippines and South Korea.
Although other areas of the United States and other National Park Service sites may draw larger numbers of visitors, it is obvious that the Nebraska Panhandle has its own appeal to a wide variety of people.
For additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules, please call 308-436-9700.