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 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.
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.
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
Western Trails Scenic Byway
31 miles west on US-26 to Lewellen • 12 miles west on US-26 to Oshkosh
30 miles west on US-26 to Broadwater, 16 miles west on N-92 to Bridgeport
16 miles west on US-26 to Bayard • 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.
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