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Historical Attractions & State Parks PDF Print E-mail


Agate Fossil Beds                                                               308-668-2211     

 Turn North on State Highway 29 at Mitchell, Nebraska. The park is 34 miles from
 Mitchell. Follow the National Park Service signs. Agate Fossil Beds and its surrounding
 prairie are preserved in a 2,270 acre National Monument that boasts one of the
 world's most outstanding fossil records. The Visitors Center/Museum contains
 Miocene Era paleontology exhibits and American Indian artifacts. The park includes
 upper Niobrara River wetlands in a High Plains ecosystem. Open Memorial Day-Labor
 Day, daily, 8am-6pm; rest of the year, daily, 8am-4pm. Closed Thanksgiving,
 Christmas & New Years Day. American Indian artists demonstrate their art during
 summer months on selected artist-in-residence weekends. Trails open year-round,
 daily, dawn-dusk. Admission: $5 per vehicle or $3 per person. Federal Lands Annual,
 Senior and Access permits are accepted and sold at the information desk. Age 16
 & under free.

Oregon Trail Wagon Train                                                    308-586-1850
 Bayard, NE  wagon train.jpg

 Enjoy a covered wagon tour of the Oregon Trail, and a relaxing evening of a Prime
 Rib Cookout with steaks cooked over an open wood firem complete with campfire
 entertainment.  We also offer tent camping, 3 hour tours of Chimney Rock and
 provide canoe rentals on the North Platte River.  RV camping available.  Showers
 and laundry facilities available. Please check out our website for more information
 and activities!


Chimney Rock National Historic Site & Visitor’s Center       308-586-2581

   4 mi S & 1 mi E of Jct of NE Hwy 92 & US Hwy 26                                   chimneyrock (2).jpg
 "Towering to the heavens" is how one pioneer described Chimney Rock, the most
 recognized landmark along the Oregon Trail. Today an interpretive center
 operated by the Nebraska State Historical Society pays tribute to those who
 traveled the trails and features originalmaps made from Captain John C. Fremont's
 1842-43 exploration of the Oregon Trail. It is lit nightly by the City of Bayard.
 Visitors Center open Oct 1-Mar 31, daily,9am-5pm; Apr 1-Sep 30, daily, 9am-6pm.
 Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day & Veteran's Day. Admission: $3 per


The Scotts Bluff National Monument                                 308-436-4340 fallmonument1.jpg

  2 mi. W. on Old Oregon Trail                                           
 A majestic landmark used by Americans Indians, fur trappers, pioneers and modern
 travelers. Oregon Trail still visible. Over 4 miles of hiking trails.  Museum tells Oregon
 Trail story Visitors can drive through three tunnels or hike to the summit and enjoy
 the panoramic view. Open year-round, dawn-dusk. Visitors Center open daily,
 8am-5pm, with extended hours in summer until 7pm. Visitor Center closed Dec 25
 and Jan 1. Admission: $5 per car, $3 motorcycle, 62 and older free with a Golden
 Age Passport, $45-$100 for buses. Also accept national park permit. Free shuttle
 available to the summit during Summer months. Robidiouxpost.jpg

Robidoux Pass and Trading Post                                       308-436-6886
2 mi S. of Gering on Hwy 71, 8 mi W on Cedar Canyon Road.

 This 1851 trading post of Antoine Robicoux was where the Plains Indians traded
 their wares.  It has been reconstructed from 100 year old, hand-hewn logs on its
 original site.  It is a trip worth taking.

Chadron State Park                                                           308-432-6167Chadron statepark.jpg
15951 US Hwy 385, Chadron, NE, 69337

 8 1/2 mi. S. on US Hwy 385 - Nebraska's first state park nestled in the picturesque
 Pine Ridge with a modern campground, swimming pool, trail rides and more. Park
 open year-round. Cabins available mid-Apr thru mid-Nov and for big game firearm
 and wild turkey seasons. Day use and camping available year-round. Park permit
 required. Camping fee.

Nebraska National Forest                                                   308-432-4475
16524 US Hwy 385, Chadron, NE, 69337                 Nebraska National Forest.jpg

 Deer and turkey hunting on public lands. Hiking, biking and horseback trails. Open
 year-round. Primary attractions include Toadstool Park, Soldier Creek Wilderness and
 Pine Ridge National Rcreation Area. Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Site group tours offered
 mid-May thru Labor Day weekend. Entrance fees: $5 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children
 ages 5-12. Camping fees: $5 per night at Toadstool and Red Cloud. $8 per night at
 Soldier Creek and Roberts Trailhead. Campgrounds open year-round, camping fees
 charged May 19-Nov 17.

Fort Robinson State Park                                                  308-665-2900
3 mi. W. on US Hwy 20, Crawford, NE

 Perfect vacation destination. Visitors can stay where blue-coated cavalrymen once Fort Robinson.jpg
 bunked. Activities include trail rides, historic tours, cookouts, swimming, trout fishing,
 crafts, hiking, jeep and stagecoach rides, viewing pasture for bison herd, purebred
 Texas longhorn herds and more. Park grounds open year-round for day use, hiking
 and camping, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and hunting in season. Cabins
 and lodge with modern facilities. Cabins open Apr-Nov. Park office open 8am-5pm 
 weekdays except during cabin season, then open 24 hrs/day Memorial Day-Labor
 Day. Visitor activities Memorial Day-Labor Day plus limited schedule in fall. Group tours 
 offered for museums. Park permit required. Camping fee charged.

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