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(GERING, NE) Watch a reenactor gallop up, switch the mochila from one horse to another, and the new rider take off through Mitchell Pass. It is time for the Annual Pony Express Re-Ride on Thursday, June 18 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The time is very flexible and the rider may arrive up to two hours early or late. Each year hundreds of volunteers follow the 1,966 mile trail made famous by the short-lived Pony Express. This year the ride will start in St. Joseph, Missouri and head west to Sacramento, California. A ranger will give short talks and a mochila will be on display.
Each weekend on Saturdays you are invited to join a ranger 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. Living history is also offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Find out how the fur trade operated or what life was like in a wagon train.
Many visitors are eager to see the wagon ruts left by the emigrants on their way to Oregon, California and Utah. In order to preserve this unique part of our history, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) was formed. Join Barb Netherland to discover how traces of the trails are mapped and what it takes to preserve the remnants on Saturday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m. in the visitor center.
Among the experiences and challenges shared by the settlers along the Oregon Trail, losing loved ones and being forced to abandon their graves was a common hardship that left a lasting impression on the family members who will never forget. Ranger Morgan Rien will present "The Life and Legacy of Rebecca Winters" on Sunday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the visitor center. The program will cover Rebecca Winters' story of life, love, and untimely death. It is a story of great inspiration and historical value.
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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