Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area view
Scenic & Historic Byway
Western Trails
144 miles / US 26 and State 92 from the Wyoming border to Ogallala
Pioneers would have come across the same towering formations and pine-shaded bluffs on this route as drivers encounter today. Get out of your “wagon” and explore: Storied sites, picturesque trails and sparkling lakes await your discovery.
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Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Hike or mountain bike Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area in Gering. The views—of rocky bluffs, evergreen-studded canyons and the North Platte River Valley—are epic at this site, too

Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Bayard protects a rock formation so perfectly pointy, it appears to be “Towering to the Heavens.” Don’t forget comfy shoes for hiking—or your camera.

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Grab your binoculars and head to Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This site just north of Oshkosh boasts the country’s third highest number of documented bird species. Mid-May and fall are peak times to peek.

Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area
Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas

In Ogallala, access both Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas. These two Nebraskan lakes are peaceful and scenic—just right for fishing, swimming and taking shoreline hikes

Route Directions

From Ogallala:
31 miles west on US-26 to Lewellen  •  12 miles west on US-26 to Oshkosh
46 miles west on US-26 to Bridgeport  •  16 miles west on US-26 to Bayard
23 miles west on US-26 to Scottsbluff (or) 23 miles west on NE-92 to Gering

Small-Town Stop: Gering

Near a spoil of outdoor activities and pioneering sites, Gering welcomes adventurers and history buffs alike. Visit in mid-July to experience Oregon Trail Days.

DO Look for wagon ruts and historic markers at Mitchell Pass at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

SHOP Select a souvenir from the recently renovated Wildcat Hills Nature Center.

EAT Enjoy home-cooking in a fun, casual atmosphere at Log Cabin Restaurant & Lounge.

STAY Don’t miss the wagon in front of Monument Inn & Suites, a tribute to the past.

Scotts Bluff National Monument
So many beautiful scenes to be seen
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