Scotts Bluff National Monument to Host Guided Hike in Celebration of National Trails Day!


National Trails Day provides the perfect opportunity to set off on a local trail with others in your community.  

Gering, NE – Join park ranger Eric Grunwald at Scotts Bluff National Monument on Saturday, June 1st for a fun 1.6-mile-long hike of the Saddle Rock Trail.

Participants will gather at the monument visitor center by 9 am. We will then take a shuttle up to the summit of Scotts Bluff for the hike. The hike includes a descent of 435 feet.

Everyone is welcome! Participants should be able to hike 1.6 miles on an uneven, paved surface. Please bring drinking water and a light snack. Plan on taking 45 minutes to an hour for the hike. Registration is required. Register by calling the monument visitor center at 308-436-9700. No pets or strollers please.  

The Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center is currently open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Summit Road is open (weather and conditions permitting) from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monument grounds and trails are open sunrise to sunset.

Starting this coming Saturday, May 25th, the monument will transition to summer hours. During the summer season the visitor center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Summit Road will be open to motorized vehicles from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  

Further information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules is available at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at or Facebook at

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