Alerts & Conditions

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:

Open: Hiking trails and park grounds available from sunrise to sunset
Summit Road Open to Vehicles: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All vehicles must be down from the Summit by 5:00 p.m.
Only available for hikers/bikers: Sunrise-9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.-Sunset

Closed: Visitor Center

While the Summit Road is closed to vehicles (sunrise to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to sunset) it is available to pedestrians and cyclists---a great alternative to the Saddle Rock Trail and a means to social distance. Please be completely off the road by 9:00 a.m.

For the duration of 2020, the Summit Shuttle will not be available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be a top priority. We urge visitors pack out everything you bring into a park, maintain social distance from other visitors, bring water, keep pets on a leash/pick up waste, and watch for snakes. Thank you for your cooperation! #RecreateResponsibly

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. Please plan ahead.

Last updated: July 3, 2020

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P.O. Box 27
Gering, NE 69341


(308) 436-9700

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