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ScottsbluffUnited States of America

Visit Scottsbluff to walk along historic pioneer trails and experience the spectacular natural scenery of western Nebraska.

Outdoor adventures, remarkable scenery and pioneer history await in Scottsbluff. The city sits on the north banks of the North Platte River in the Nebraska panhandle. It takes its name from Scotts Bluff National Monument, a striking set of rocks looming over the south side of the river. During the mid-1800s, the monument was used as a landmark on three famous pioneer trails: the Oregon Trail, the California Trail and the Pony Express Trail.

Many of Scottsbluff’s attractions are outside the city center. The city has limited public transportation so getting around is easiest via car.

Explore the trails and marvel at the rock formations of Scotts Bluff National Monument. Check out the prairie wagons and then walk along the Oregon Trail Pathway, which follows part of the original Oregon Trail. Hike along the Saddle Rock Trail to lookouts that offer sweeping views of the city and river. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the 4,659-foot-tall (1,420-meter) rocks from the Prairie View Trail.

Visit the monument’s Oregon Trail Museum to learn about the region’s pioneer, geological and paleontological history. Browse the museum’s gallery dedicated to the paintings of William Henry Jackson. At the nearby Legacy of the Plains Museum you can see a working farmstead and hear stories of the Nebraska prairie.

Go to Riverside Discovery Center for family fun. Spot over 175 native and exotic animals, including big cats, monkeys and snakes. Let your kids enjoy playing in the water jets and fountains of the center’s Splash Pad area.

Discover outdoor recreation opportunities within a 30-minute drive from Scottsbluff. Go swimming, fishing, sailing and Jet-Skiing at Lake Minature State Recreation Area and see the state’s only lighthouse. Spot migrating water birds, coyotes and raccoons in North Platte National Wildlife Reserve. The scenic trails in Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area are great for hiking and biking. Visit in the winter when snow-covered peaks present a calm and picturesque wonderland.

Scottsbluff is about a 3-hour drive north of Denver, Colorado. A convenient way to get here is by car, which allows the chance to enjoy scenic drives through Nebraska’s rugged landscapes.

Top Hotels in Scottsbluff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Scottsbluff
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Scottsbluff
2.5 out of 5
902 Winter Creek Drive, Scottsbluff, NE
The price is $94 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in Scottsbluff, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Central Park, Regional West Medical Center, and West Nebraska Arts Center. Monument Valley Pathway ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (259 reviews)

"Nice outdoor place to sit with a fire pit! Hot tub was cold as cold as the pool but rooms were nice."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Scottsbluff
Monument Inn & Suites
Monument Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1130 M Street, Gering, NE
The price is $99 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Located in the heart of Gering, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Legacy of the Plains Museum, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and Monument Valley Pathway. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (436 reviews)

"Great place, clean, modern, very friendly staff, would definitely return"…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Monument Inn & Suites
Cobblestone Hotel & Suites - Gering/Scottsbluff
Cobblestone Hotel & Suites - Gering/Scottsbluff
2.5 out of 5
960 M Street, Gering, NE
The price is $99 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Legacy of the Plains Museum, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and Monument Valley Pathway. West ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (282 reviews)

"I loved how comfortable the beds and pillows were and the staff was also very courteous. The hotel is also only a few minutes from Scottsbluff National Monument!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites - Gering/Scottsbluff

Popular places to visit in Scottsbluff

Scotts Bluff National Monument
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Scotts Bluff National Monument

4.5/5(62 reviews)

Drive to scenic viewpoints, review interesting exhibits and hike along trails well-trodden by American pioneers on their way west in the 1800s.

Courthouse and Jail Rocks
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Courthouse and Jail Rocks

5/5(2 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Courthouse and Jail Rocks during your travels in Bridgeport. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Reviews of Scottsbluff

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Feb 17, 2020

Nice town, great places to eat

3/5 - Okay

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Dec 9, 2019

It's an ok town but I couldn't live there, it would be too boring

3/5 - Okay

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Oct 15, 2019

We would probably stay agaaibecuase the. Price is good

3/5 - Okay

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Sep 23, 2019

We found people to generally be very courteous. A lot of stores or restaurants were closed.

3/5 - Okay

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Sep 23, 2019

Perkins restaurant was great!

4/5 - Good

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Aug 5, 2019

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