Scotts Bluff National Monument is an important 19th-century landmark on the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails. The national monument contains multiple bluffs located on the south side of the North Platte River. It is named for one prominent bluff called Scotts Bluff, which rises over 800 feet above the river at its highest point.
Lesley Gaunt, interpretive park ranger
190276 Old Oregon Trail
Gering, NE 69341
Fees: FREE, but schools MUST apply for a fee waiver in advance. Form is available online from park's website.
Student Ratio: 1:15 adult to student ratio
Tour Info: Average tour time is 60-90 minutes. Most schools like to take the bus to the top of the monument accompanied by a park ranger.
Capacity/availability: Tours are limited to one school in the morning and one in the afternoon. The Visitors Center will be closed for renovation from Labor Day 2017 to Memorial Day 2019. All operations will take place in a temporary trailer with limited space for visitors. Most of the tours are outside and are limited in winter months.
Open year round, seven days a week
September through May 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours in summer
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day