"You should visit the Oregon..." Scottsbluff Things to Do Tip by kim83_50158
Scottsbluff Things to Do: 3 reviews and 3 photos
You should visit the Oregon Trail sites. Scottsbluff/Gering is a major landmark on the Oregon Trail. There was at one time a Pony Express station near Bayard, which is 10 minutes away. Chimney Rock is also in Bayard. There's a new welcome center there that I have never been there, since it was built after we moved away. I hear it's really good, though.
In the wildcat hills, there is also a new welcome center. There are hiking trails nearby, and that is a beautiful area, especially in the fall. Also, there's the museum at Scotts Bluff National MOnument(the first picture on the page)that explains the fur traders' involvement with the Oregon Trail, and also just the general area's development(It was named after fur trader Hiram Scott, who died there, thus the name Scott's bluff). It's very interesting. And I think you can also get a ride up to the top of the bluff in a ferry. I haven't been there in a while.
Everything's very historic. The whole area. Whether you're interested in the migration in the 1800s(Oregon-California Trail/Mormon Trail), WWII history(there were 2 prison camps nearby-1 by the airport and one at Fort Robinson in Crawford(or is it Chadron?)), fur traders/explorers, etc, there is something there for you.
Directions: Scottsbluff is approx. 15 minutes east of the Wyoming border, 4 hours west of North Platte on I-80, 4 hours N of Denver.
othercontact: Scotts Bluff NPS-www.nps.gov/scb