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Scotts Bluff Ranger Programs

A park ranger talks near a rock outcropping while a person intently watches her.
Scotts Bluff National Monument offers ranger programs on many different topics.


Planning a visit to Scotts Bluff National Monument? Learn about emigrant trail history, geology, and the flora and fauna of the monument by attending a ranger program! During the summer season, rangers offer a variety of programs throughout the course of the day. Ask at the Visitor Center to find out what programs will be conducted during your visit.

Summit Stroll

Join a park ranger for a short, half-hour long walk of the Scotts Bluff Summit Trails. Along the way rangers will discuss topics like geology, wildflowers, or medicinal plants. Meet the park ranger on weekends at 10:30 a.m. at the Summit parking lot for this half-hour long walk. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled.

Bluffs Banter

Join a park ranger on the lawn of the visitor center between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. daily and 10:15 and 11:15 on weekdays for a short talk about some of the resources found in the monument. Talks might be about geology, how people have used the plants found in the monument, the Civilian Conservation Corps and their work at the monument, or other topics. In the case of inclement weather, the Bluffs Banter Program will move inside the visitor center. 

The Emigrant Experience

Join a park ranger at the wagons along the Oregon Trail Pathway for a short talk about what life was like for those who traveled past Scotts Bluff on their ways to Oregon, California, or the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. The ranger will likely be dressed in the typical dress of an 1850s emigrant and talk about what the journey was like for travelers of all ages, including children. Rangers will be stationed on the trail daily, weather permitting, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 

Tuesday Evening Programs

Join a park ranger or special guest for a evening program originating at the outdoor amphitheater most Tuesday evenings from May 31st through August 16th. Most programs will begin at 7 p.m., however, check the online calendar to see what is happening and when. 

Ranger programs at Scotts Bluff National Monument vary. Past programs have included Living History, ranger talks, guided hikes, and demonstrations.
Pets are permitted at Scotts Bluff National Monument with some restrictions. Pets must be kept on a leash no more than six feet in length at all times. Pets are prohibited inside buildings. Please clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in the provided receptacles.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Located at 190276 Old Oregon Trail in Gering, Nebraska.
The primary season for ranger programming is the summer. Programs may be offered periodically at other times of the year. See the monument calendar for a listing of upcoming programs and events.
Accessibility Information
Most ranger programs at Scotts Bluff National Monument are accessible via wheelchair. If you need accommodations for visitors of varying abilities, please let a ranger know.

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Last updated: May 11, 2022