About Northwest Nebraska

It’s truly wild out here: Rugged bluffs rise from the land, turning wide-open spaces into national treasures.

There is nothing quite like Nebraska and surely nothing like Carhenge.

-@sanscott34, via Twitter

Rugged Bluffs
Open Spaces
Five Rocks Amphitheater
What to Do

Bring your camera to Kimball: This is your stop for birdwatching, wildflower-viewing and agritourism adventures. Start with Monkey Ranch Buffalo Tours for a close-up of the American bison. See ruts etched by west-bound wagons at Ash Hollow State Historical Park in Lewellen. Seek out cowboy lore at the Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum in Gordon. In Gering, catch a summer concert or movie under the stars at Five Rocks Amphitheater.

Where to Stay

Escape into the rugged Pine Ridge ponderosa forest at Flying Heart Ranch in Hay Springs. The ranch has been operated by the Kadlecek family since the land was homesteaded in 1890. Or, enjoy a homey stay, complete with daily brunch, at Grandma Lala’s B&B in Alliance.

Where to Eat

At the Tangled Tumbleweed in Scottsbluff, opt for wine and tapas or pair a mimosa with avocado toast—the menu is ever-changing. Newberry’s in Alliance is serious about coffee, but don’t miss hearty breakfast dishes and lunchtime sandwiches. Head to Laura Lee’s Double L Country Store and Café in Harrisburg for irresistible home-cooking. Kimball Bakery is crave-able too, but arrive early—Kimball locals know that these doughnuts go fast.

Where to Drink

Rub elbows with the locals at Beer & Loathing in Kimball. Here, cold brews and cocktail specials complement classic bar food. In Scottsbluff, the local hangout is Hight’s Tavern. Play darts, then order a frosty beer with a juicy cheeseburger— locals say they’re the best around. Find the pick-me-up you need at Mark Ferrari Specialty Coffee in Oshkosh. Order a specialty drink and take home a bag— all of the coffees in this shop are Nebraska-roasted.

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Nearby Welcome Centers & Visitor Resources

Find help planning your trip to Northwest Nebraska: 

Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center

190276 Old Oregon Trail
Gering, NE 69341
United States

Phone Number
(308) 436-9700 X700
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