Scott’s Bluff National Monument, NE: 11/18/20

On our journey back east for the holidays, we took a different route so that we could stop in Nebraska – my first time! Who knew that this is where the good life was?

Our intent to head this way was purposeful. There was a National Monument on our US National Park map that we wanted to pin. As we drove, the land surrounding us was very flat and bare until you could spot the bluffs up ahead on the horizon.

Scott’s Bluff was one of those sites in western lands where large formations would loom in the distance for days before the wagon trains reached them. Back in the mid-1800’s, travelers called it “a Nebraska Gibraltar” or “a Mausoleum with the mightiest of earth might covet.”

It was a partly cloudy, warm fall day with a slight breeze in the air. By the time we began the short hike to the overlooks, we had removed our jackets. It was a beautiful day for a walk, and a nice break from driving in the truck.

Saddle Rock Trail is a 3.2 mile round-trip hike begins at the Visitor Center located on Old Oregon Trail Road. It is a short, somewhat steep climb on mostly paved ground to a tunnel that connects you to the cliff’s summit. After you walk through the tunnel, the path continues up to the North and South Overlooks.

Although the Visitor Center was closed due to Covid19, I enjoyed a walk around the premises listening carefully for rattlesnakes while enjoying the afternoon breeze. My imagination wandered as I stared at the replicas of wagon trains. What a different life it was back then.

We are headed to New Jersey for Thanksgiving. Our Blog will pickup again in the New Year! Goodbye 2020!

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