Hiking Scott’s Bluff – A Nebraska We Didn’t Know Existed – Day 6

Day 6 was an eye-opening one for sure hiking Scotts Bluff! We discovered a part of Nebraska that quite honestly, we never knew existed!

We hiked a total of 4 1/2 miles up and around the bluff, and also visited and walked around Chimney Rock as well.

These magnificent bluffs and rock formations seem to jut right out of the flat Nebraska landscape. And all of it caught us totally by surprise.

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Who knew this existed in Nebraska! Simply beautiful views all around as we hiked up Scotts Bluff trail.

In fact, up until yesterday, if someone showed me the photo we took below and asked me where it was, Nebraska would have been one of my last guesses.

But then again, this is what our trip is all about. Discovering the country as we never knew it. Finding hidden gems like this and learning about their history. One thing is for sure, it will never get old.

To experience the country first hand is more than we could ever learn from any textbook.

Hiking Scotts Bluff

Scotts Bluff was named after Hiram Scott. Scott was a fur trader who was deserted by his group in 1828 and died at the base of the bluffs that now bear his name.

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The view out over the Nebraska landscape. The rock formations seem to simply jut right up and out of the land.

Scotts Bluff sits along the beautiful North Platte River. A river we have crossed now driving countless times as we head across Nebraska.

The bluffs were a big part of the Oregon Trail, California Trail, and even part of the Pony Express as well.

In fact, in just the mid-1800’s alone, over 350,000 homesteaders seeking a new life out west traveled by this landmark.

Today, Scott’s Bluff is a national monument run by the National Parks Service. And they do an incredible job of keeping the history and the surroundings in tact for so many of us to enjoy.

The hike up the bluff was actually pretty steep. And was a bit demanding on an unusually warm 90 degree day for Nebraska here in mid-September. I guess we will be getting in shape faster than we thought!

A stop for a little selfie on the way up. The real reason…we needed a break from the heat!

The 1.6 mile trek up the rock formation included a stroll through a tunnel that led to a beautiful view of the city of Gering below.

Once on top of the bluff, you can actually see all 5 of the famous rock formations that dot the Nebraska landscape. It is actually pretty amazing when you consider some, like the Chimney Rock formation, are nearly 20 miles off in the horizon.

A Little Guest On The Trail…

We did, as you can see below, have a little guest greet us on the way up. Not sure what type of snake he or she was, but nonetheless, it did startle us a bit when we first saw it.

After a long day of hiking, biking and trekking around the area, we finished off the night with a campfire and a “home-cooked” meal grilling outside of our camper at the local campground.

As the clear skies dropped the temperature into the low 50’s, it was a perfect night for us to sit around the fire, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Nebraska.

Life in our Nucamp Teardrop camper has honestly and truly been amazing so far. I think the only regret we have is not taking this trip sooner.

After a bit more biking and hiking tomorrow, it will be on to South Dakota!


  • Day 6 of 365
  • States Visited 1 / 50
  • Stayed In : Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
  • Miles Driven : 40
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 1633
  • Total Gallons Used : 120
  • Biking Miles : 10
  • Biking Miles To Date : 18
  • Hiking Miles : 4.5
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 4.5

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7 thoughts on “Hiking Scott’s Bluff – A Nebraska We Didn’t Know Existed – Day 6

  • September 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Garter Snake –

    Aren’t the sandhills and the western part of the state amazing?! The highest point in the state is out that way too. Glad you are having a great time!

    • September 16, 2019 at 12:59 am

      Absolutely, they were simply stunning. So much beauty in this states! Jim and Mary

  • September 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    So glad you got to hike that area. It is beautiful!
    I got to be on a wagon train in that area. The wagon was not as cute as your teardrop and we only covered 10 miles a day. It was a magnificent trip!
    Love that teardrop!

  • September 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    My husband is from Scottsbluff and his folks live in Gering. I love the country there and the monument is always a treat to hike up or drive up and take in the view. So glad you enjoyed it as much as I do.

    • September 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

      We loved it Beth, and really liked Gering too!

  • September 23, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Beautiful!! I’ve read a lot of books about the Oregon Trail, Pony Express and the likes. Chimney Rock played a very important part as a marker on these journeys. To be able to see it in person must be amazing.

    • September 24, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Yes, it was simply amazing to see and be on the same trails that hold so much history.


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