Basic Information


Summit Road (Open year-round, weather permitting)

Current Hours: The Summit Road is currently open to vehicular traffic (conditions permitting) from 9 am until 4:30 pm. All vehicles must be off of the road by 5 pm.

Built in the 1930's, Summit Road is the oldest concrete road in the state and boasts the only vehicular tunnels in the state. It is narrow with sharp curves.

Vehicles longer than 25 feet and/or higher than 11 feet 7 inches are prohibited. All trailers are prohibited.

Visitors have the option to access the summit using our Summit Shuttle when staffing allows.

Hiking or bicycling on the Summit Road is only allowed during daylight hours when closed to vehicular traffic.

Hiking Trails

The Oregon Trail, Prairie View Trail and Saddle Rock Trail are open from sunrise to sunset. If you are planning to hike, be sure to bring plenty of water and appropriate clothing for the time of year.

Be advised, the rock along the Saddle Rock Trail is soft and crumbly; therefore, leaving the trail is extremely dangerous.

All pets must be kept on a leash and waste must be picked up.

Rattlesnakes in the area are shy, but will strike if threatened.

The removal of any natural material including plants, animals and rocks is strictly prohibited.

Due to the unstable conditions, the following areas are closed for public use:

  • Off-trail areas on the summit

  • Dome Rock

  • Crown Rock

  • Eagle Rock

  • Sentinel Rock

  • Saddle Rock

In addition, climbing on rock faces is prohibited.

Hiking is allowed on the South Bluff; however, there are no developed trails in this area. Please check-in at the Visitor Center first, and be aware of rattlesnakes.

Horseback riding is permitted; however, riding on or adjacent to the remnants of the Oregon Trail, the paved trails, the Summit Road, and parking lots is prohibited.

Last updated: September 11, 2020

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 27
Gering, NE 69341


(308) 436-9700

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