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The Pictures below are from a Road Trip Vacation to the Nebraska Sandhills & Western Nebraska - including Attractions in and near Scottsbluff & Chadron, Nebraska.
The Route Includes Chimney Rock, Courthouse and Jailhouse Rocks, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Halsey National Forest, Fort Robinson State Park, Toadstool
We took 8 days and 7 nights to do this driving trip and ran out of time toward the end where we had hoped to include the town of Niobrara and Ponca State Park. Next time we will allow more time -- there is a lot to see and do in Nebraska! We drove a little over 1,500 miles including all of the many side trips we took.
The pictures below are in the order of a "leisurely" Scenic Nebraska Driving Vacation we recently took from Lincoln, NE
We tried to stay on Highways that were as Scenic as possible. Our driving route -- which included no Interstate driving -- started the "Scenic" Route portion in St. Paul, NE. It included the following Scenic or fairly Scenic Highways in this order from St Paul north of Grand Island: 11, 91, 2, 385, 92, 29, 20, 12, 281, 275, 14, and 39 to finish the "Scenic" part of the loop route near Clolumbus, NE.
We went through the towns of Burwell, Halsey, Alliance, Gering, Scottsbluff, Crawford, Chadron, Valentine, & O'Neill, and stayed overnight for one or more nights in or near the towns of: Brewster, Scottsbluff, Crawford, Chadron, and Springview. (We ran out of time to visit Niobrara State Park and Ponca State Park.)
Our Western Nebraska Vacation Travels - the Road Trip Areas
- the Nebraska Sandhills and Panhandle Road Tour Via the "Scenic Route"
Can check out pictures & comments in Vacation Travel driving order below
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Interesting Uncle Bucks Lodge Wooden Barstools - Western Nebraska Sandhills near North Loup River
Halsey Nebraska National Forest Fire Lookout Tower. It was a bit of a climb on the noisy metal stairs, but a great view from the top.
Halsey Nebraska National Forest from top of the Fire Lookout Tower. This is an entirely "Man Planted" forest which you can read more about at the Web Site link below. You can see a "fire band" clearcut area of the forest which is done to stop the spread of a forest fire.
This link goes to a US Department of Agriculture Web Site with Information on all of the Nebraska National Forest areas + the Oglala National Grasslands with links and pictures.
Click on the small Western Nebraska map to the see a larger version showing all of the locations
in Nebraska - click a second time to enlarge the map more.
Fire Lookout Tower stairs down from top - Halsey Nebraska National Forest. It was kind of windy
at the top that day, so we were glad to get back down to the ground again.
Western Nebraska Sandhills Grasslands and Prairie grass + a short wooden Windmill
- great pasture land for Cattle Grazing.
(A picture similiar to one above + the Chimney Rock and Courthouse Rock pictures below are now available
in High Resolution Downloadable Versions - see Photo Thumbnails & Link below.)
You see many short windmills - many old wooden ones Vs metal. Don't need to be high in the air to catch enough wind to pump water for a cattle stock tank. Curious stock cattle often come up to the fence when you get out of your car to take a picture. You can see that most of the cattle are looking at me taking this picture -- and I didn't even have to say "cheese!"
Fort Robinson State Park and Chadron Area"Preview" Photos
- check back for these and more on a new page to come here.
Ft Robinson Park Info and Lodging Info Links below area Photos
Nebraska Chadron State Park small peaceful lake in Fall with mirror reflection - no crowds!
Nebraska Ft Robinson State Park Rock Lake wide view from 3 "stitched" photos - we ate a picnic lunch while enjoying this peaceful view! Ft Robinson State park is just west of Crawford, NE
-- (which is 18 miles west of Chadron, NE)
Nebraska Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford, NE -- 18 miles west of Chadron, NE
-- winding road that crossed a small shallow stream
Nebraska Ft Robinson State Park Rock Formations wide view -- a Western Nebraska Panhandle "Must See"
Fort Robinson is about 21 miles west of Chadron, Nebraska near Crawford, NE
Nebraska Fort Robinson State Park -- Horseback Riders on a peaceful and scenic Trail Ride.
Interesting rock formations. (Horseback Trail Rider photo credit below)
Nebraska Fort Robinson State Park -- Longhorn Steer up close! (Taken sitting on horse)
(Horseback Trail Rider photo credit below)
Nebraska Fort Robinson State Park Buffalo Herd taken on a Horseback Trail Ride
(Three photos above are courtesy of Dick W. - Retired Veterinarian & Trail Rider from Lincoln, NE)
-- Check back for more Fort Robinson State Park, Chadron State Park, and other Western Nebraska + Chadron, NE Area Attraction Pictures to come on a new Chadron, Nebraska Area Attractions & Nebraska Sandhills "Must See's" page here!
Here are a couple of Nebraska Ft Robinson State Park Info Links to use until we get the new page finished:
-- Ft Robinson Park Info Page with detailed Lodging, Camping, and other Park Facilities Info
-- Nebraska Ft Robinson State Park Info with lodging reservations phone number & some great
pictures! (Click the photo in the top photo Heading to see the Slideshow of 11 photos)
Ft Robinson State Park Map pdf showing Historic Ft. Robinson Park Main Buildings + Cabins,
Campgrounds, Fishing, and Picnic areas
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