Saddle Rock Trail Work

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Date: June 1, 2017

Dan Morford, Superintendent at Scotts Bluff National Monument would like to announce that work will begin to re-open the Saddle Rock Trail.
The Saddle Rock Trail has been closed since December 2015 due to a large rock slide which not only dropped debris onto the lower portion of the trail but also undercut the upper portion of the trail. The Saddle Rock Trail will have a flurry of activity in June as crews work to widen the trail on the upper section that is undercut and clear the lower portion of debris. Geologists instructed the park to keep the trail closed for at least a year in order to allow debris to stabilize and also to monitor the upper portion of the trail for any identifiable movement. With seasonal work crews now available, the park will work to stabilize and remove debris through June. While this activity takes place the park cautions visitors to continue to honor the closure and remain clear of that area. This is a critical time for safety because daily, laborers will be moving debris. The debris material will be precarious as we work on these sections of the trail. Morford says that, “the goal is to have the trail open by July 4th if conditions cooperate”.
June 3rd is the American Hiking Society’s “National Trails Day” and Scotts Bluff National Monument would like to invite the community to take advantage of other trails the park has available. The Oregon Trail approximately .5 miles in length is open to hiking only and allows visitors to walk in the footsteps of the emigrants through the historic pass at Scotts Bluff. The Prairie View Trail approximately 1.2 miles in length is open to both hiking and biking and connects the Monument Pathway to the park visitor’s center. You may still walk the lower .75 mile section of the Saddle Rock Trail which will take you to the location of Scotts Springs. After a 1.5 mile drive or shuttle bus ride to the summit, visitors can hike the overlook trails at the summit and also the upper .25 mile section of the Saddle Rock Trail. 
The National Park Service would like to remind visitors that there is a $5 entrance fee to the park, good for seven days; or a Park Specific Annual Pass that is good for a year from the date of purchase for $15. Passes are required for use of the trails. On a safety note, be aware of some of the uneven walking surfaces present on the trails and please do watch for prairie rattlesnakes that are present and protected within the boundary of the park.
The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The summit road remains open from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Monument grounds and all Monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset.
Further information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at or Facebook at

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Last updated: June 1, 2017

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