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Scotts Bluff National Monument – Nebraska

Images of Scotts Bluff National Monument –Western Nebraska, taken in September 2017.

Early settlers migrating westward on the Oregon Trail passed through Mitchell Pass in what is now Scotts Bluff National Monument. The bluff, along with Chimney Rock to the east, was a landmark for the travelers that indicated that they were approaching the western lands which were their destination.

The park is not large but it is dominated by the bluff as well as some surrounding prairies and badlands. There is a road to the summit which boasts the only three tunnels in Nebraska as it cuts through Eagle Rock to get to the top of the bluff and although I did drive up there I also made it a priority to hike up the 1.6 mile Saddle Rock Trail. That provided me the best views of the park and gave me an opportunity to go through a fourth tunnel; the trail tunnel that passed through Saddle Rock itself.
Scotts Bluff from the Old Oregon Trail road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff from the Old Oregon Trail road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sentinel and Eagle Rocks from the park road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sentinel and Eagle Rocks from the park road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sentinel Rock from Mitchell Pass in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sentinel Rock from Mitchell Pass in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from the Old Oregon Trail road at Mitchell Pass in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from the Old Oregon Trail road at Mitchell Pass in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Mitchell Pass view of Eagle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Mitchell Pass view of Eagle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff viewed from the east in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff viewed from the east in Scotts Bluff National Monument
East view of Saddle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument
East view of Saddle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Saddle Rock from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Saddle Rock from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
View of Scotts Bluff from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
View of Scotts Bluff from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
The cliffs of Scotts Bluff in Scotts Bluff National Monument
The cliffs of Scotts Bluff in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from Mitchell Pass in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from Mitchell Pass in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sentinel Rock from the Old Oregon Trail road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sentinel Rock from the Old Oregon Trail road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff from across the prairie as seen from the east in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff from across the prairie as seen from the east in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from the east in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from the east in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Dome Rock as seen from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Dome Rock as seen from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
View of Scotts Bluff from the park road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
View of Scotts Bluff from the park road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Cottontail rabbit in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Cottontail rabbit in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Late afternoon sun on the badlands in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Late afternoon sun on the badlands in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Bug family on a leaf in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Bug family on a leaf in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from the park road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Eagle Rock from the park road in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Wagon train exhibit along the Oregon Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Wagon train exhibit along the Oregon Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
View through the Saddle Rock Trail tunnel in Scotts Bluff National Monument
View through the Saddle Rock Trail tunnel in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Old tree in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Old tree in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Flower in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Flower in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Saddle Rock from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Saddle Rock from the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Park road tunnel through Eagle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Park road tunnel through Eagle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Dome Rock and Crown Rock on the south bluff in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Dome Rock and Crown Rock on the south bluff in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Dead tree near the North Overlook in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Dead tree near the North Overlook in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Saddle Rock from on the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
Saddle Rock from on the Saddle Rock Trail in Scotts Bluff National Monument
The city of Scottsbluff behind Saddle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument
The city of Scottsbluff behind Saddle Rock in Scotts Bluff National Monument