National Parks, Fireworks Viewing, and Mud Springs This Weekend at the Monument

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Date: July 1, 2015

Visitors are invited to Scotts Bluff National Monument for a program celebrating some of the amazing areas in the National Park Service. Ranger Matt Salomon will present "Celebrating Our National Parks" on Saturday, July 4 at 3:00 p.m. The Park Service has 407 sites, each unique and special in telling the story of America. The program will focus on ten special locations across the nation. Discover some of the record holders in the park system: mountains, volcanoes, caves and more. Explore smaller, but easier to reach sites close to Scottsbluff and Gering. Come celebrate the incredible sites we have been blessed with as we approach the centennial of the National Park Service.

Following a tradition started in the 1940's, the community is welcome to view the fireworks in town on July 4 from the top of the bluff. From 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. visitors may walk up the trail or take a shuttle trip to the top to see backyard fireworks in Gering and Scottsbluff. No vehicles will be allowed to drive up the summit road after 6:30 p.m., all personal vehicles need to be off the top by 7:00 p.m. The firework viewing shuttle will start making trips to the top at 8:30 p.m. The shuttle seats only 12 people and it takes 25-30 minutes for a round trip, so there may be a long wait. Be sure to have a flashlight and watch for snakes.

In "Collision of Cultures" Ranger Jerry Lucas will talk about the Battle of Mud Springs and Rush Creek on Sunday, July 5 at 3:00 p.m. He will present a sketch of Native American culture and speak about what led them to initiate the battle. The U.S. Army involvement will also be discussed and Jerry will explore the circumstances that brought them to this fight.

What flowers are blooming at the monument? Join a ranger each Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to find out which flowers are blooming and what they have been used for historically. Check at the visitor center for the location of each week's program.

The programs are free with a valid park entrance pass.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The summit road is open from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.All monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset.Please inquire about the Scotts Bluff National Monument Annual Pass, valid for entrance to Scotts Bluff National Monument for a year from purchase.Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules may be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700.

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Last updated: July 1, 2015

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