Historic Lake Minatare Lighthouse
near Scottsbluff NE
Nebraska Lighthouse without a Light
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Check out the National Park Service comprehensive web site on the Scotts Bluff National Monument with history and science links, plus a helpful "plan your visit" link including a map and visitor center Information with hours and fees. Click this link for Geologic information + some great pictures of the Site. The Scottsbluff National Monument Site is a definate Scottsbluff NE area "Must See"
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center - 8 mi. S. of Gering on NE Hwy 71 - Rugged and beautiful country - has great hicking trails + picnic facilities. Great for backpackers. Includes a game reserve with buffalo and elk. This Link goes to the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Are + Nature-Visitor Center page on the Nebraska Game and Parks Web Site.
On the way down to Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, don't miss the very scenic 23-mile gravel driving "Road to Robidoux Pass." The westbound Oregon Trail traffic went through this pass. The drive starts out 1 mile south of Gering on Hwy 71 and goes west 8 miles on the gravel Robidoux Road. You will go by the reconstructed Robidoux Trading Post - follow the signs to Summit Ranch Road and then Carter Canyon Road back east to Hwy 71 - road comes back to Hwy 71 a few miles north of Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.
Lake Minatare State Recreation Area and Lighthouse - About 7 miles NE of Scottsbluff, NE - 9 mi. north of town of Minatare on Stonegate Rd. Lake Minitare is a State Recreation Area with more than 2,000 acres of water. There were several fisherman out in boats the last time we were there and it looked like the fishing was good. Camping, picnicking, and swimming are also available.
If you enjoy Historic Lighthouses and Scenic Lakes, the Lake Minatare Lighthouse and Lake Minatare Recreation Area are a "Must See" - We found it a great place to eat a peaceful picnic lunch at a scenic spot overlooking the lake.
Courthouse and Jailhouse Rocks near Bridgeport, NE - on Oregon trail
Courthouse and Jailhouse Rocks - 5 mi. S. of Bridgeport (on Hwy 92) - South on NE Hwy 88 - These unusual rock formations are accessed by a well marked gravel road going west off of Hwy 88. They were one of the trail "markers" on the Oregon Trail. No Visitor Center or facilities are available. This link goes to a Courthouse and Jailhouse Rocks page on the Bridgeport Nebraska Web Site
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument - about 32 miles north of Scottsbluff, NE on Hwy 29. 24 mi. S. of Harrison, NE on the way north up to the Crawford and Chadron area. The Visitors Center and Museum displays many fossils of ancient animals and American Indian artifacts from 31 Native American tribes. The internationally recognized Agate Fossil Bed Site contains a very narrow Niobrara "stream" area not too far from the point of origin of the Niobrara river + some interesting walking trails among the quarries. American Indian artists show their art on some weekends during the summer months.
This link goes to an Agate Fossil Beds National Monument "Plan Your Visit" page on the National Park Service Web Site with a Map + links to the Agate Fossil Beds Visitors Center and Museum activities dates and hours open + fees. See many pictures and more Geology fieldnotes information on this Explore Geology - Nature and Science section of the NPS web site.
If you are interested in the recovery process for ancient fossils and viewing Indian Artifacts, the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Site is a "Must See" for travel in either the Scottsfluff, Nebraska or the Chadron, NE area.
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