This is Nebraska, but not the Nebraska you have seen before. This part of Nebraska is why the word ‘vistas’ was created.
It’s just sitting here, waiting for the adventurous to find it.
You never know what you’ll find when you get off of the interstate and go the extra mile.
Scotts Bluff National Landmark
Views from the Summit take in the entire valley with clear sight of Chimney Rock to the East and Laramie Peak to the West. Views, wildlife, and amazing photo opportunities for the novice and experience hikers alike.
The Monument is a 3,000 acre National Park to experience the same trails and Oregon Trail ruts of this sandstone beacon that guided thousands of emigrants west.
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area
Whether you become captivated from the exploration of 1,094 acres of wilderness or by indoor interactive displays, you’re sure to gain a deeper appreciation for the outdoors with a visit to the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center.
The park, which is situated high on a rocky escarpment in the Wildcat Hills, offers an escape to the region’s signature rugged topography and evergreen-studded canyons. Not to mention, the area features an extraordinary view of the North Platte River Valley from its system of trails and observation decks at the nature center.
Legacy of the Plains Museum
Not all museums are created equal and this is no exception. Legacy of the Plains Museum features an impressive collection of pioneer and early agricultural artifacts on the 80-acre working farm with striking views of Scotts Bluff National Monument. The new exhibit hall at Legacy features 37 hands-on activities.
Take flight in the Western Nebraska skies during the Old West Balloon Fest in held annually in August.
The Gering area is hosts to the U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championships for two more years in 2020 and 2021 with over 80 hot air balloons flying for seven days of competition, two evening balloon glows and two early morning mass ascensions.
Follow the Pioneer Trail
Robidoux 1851 Trading Post has been welcoming visitors since 1851. Following the Oregon Trail can be exciting; imagining the pioneers that must have traveled the path and what they went through to conquer such terrain. The reconstructed Robidoux Trading Post south of Gering in Carter Canyon; walk on the authentic dirt floor, see period-specific furs, traps, beads and good sold from the original Post. Nearby are the pioneer graves including the “Dunn” grave, one of only seven marked burial sites along the Oregon Trail.