Chadron State Park sunset
Scenic Byway
385-Gold Rush
131 miles / US 385 between Chadron and Sidney
At its peak, more than $200,000 worth of gold traveled this historic route daily. Today, US 385 is considered one of the most scenic and historic roads in the nation, with impressive pine-covered buttes, rolling hills and lush river valleys.
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Biking in Chadron State Park
Chadron State Park

Discover Nebraska’s oldest state park, Chadron State Park, founded in 1921 and located in Chadron. Its variable terrain offers hikers and bikers of all levels a spot to get outside and enjoy Nebraska’s wildlands.

Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska

You have to see Carhenge to believe it: Built as a tribute to his father, Jim Reinders’ free Alliance attraction uses 39 vintage American cars to form a replica of Stonehenge. The artist studied Stonehenge before beginning construction.

Dobby's Frontier Town
Dobby's Frontier Town

Relive the frontier days of the Old West at Dobby’s Frontier Town in Alliance. This turn-of-the-century Western town includes homesteader and bootlegger cabins, a mercantile, post office and more.

Courthouse and Jail Rocks
Courthouse and Jail Rocks

Two rock formations, Courthouse and Jail Rocks, signaled to pioneers that they were on the right track during a transcontinental journey west. Where the rocks rise 240 feet above Pumpkin Creek in Bridgeport, take advantage of epic views and photo ops.

385-Gold Rush Scenic Byway

Route Directions

From Chadron: 40 miles south on US-385, west on NE-L7E to Hemingford
20 miles south on NE-2, south on US-385 to Alliance
37 miles south on US-385 to Bridgeport  •  42 miles south on US-385 to Sidney

Small-Town Stop: Chadron

This friendly community is home to Chadron State College. The scenic surroundings, college-town atmosphere and historic buildings create a small-town charm you won’t soon forget.

DO Discover the source of residents’ early livelihood at the Museum of the Fur Trade.

SHOP Browse locally made Native American goods at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

EAT Cozy up with espresso drinks, cocktails and delicious food at Bean Broker Coffee House & Pub.

STAY Listen to live local music in the saloon of the Olde Main Street Inn.

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Museum of the Fur Trade
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