Established in 1919 by Presidential Proclamations, Scotts Bluff National Monument preserves and protects over 3,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie, rugged badlands, towering bluffs, historic trail remnants and riparian area along the North Platte River. The bluff served as an important landmark for pioneers on
the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer and Pony Express Trails. Visitors to Scotts Bluff
National Monument can walk in the footsteps of pioneers on remnants of the
Oregon Trail, drive to the top of the bluff via the Summit Road and stand in awe at the sight of the bluffs raising from the prairie. The park
boasts over 100,000 annual visitors.
Park grounds, trails and picnic area are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Visitor Center and Summit Road hours vary upon season and road conditions.