Scotts Bluff National Monument spans a total area of about 3,000 acres in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska and is close to the Gering City in Nebraska. Scotts Bluff National Monument was proclaimed a National Monument on December 12, 1919, and has since then come to be known as ‘A Landmark for Many Peoples.’ The national monument can be found three miles west of Gering, on the North Platte River and five miles southwest of the town of Scottsbluff.
The main visitor entrance can be found just off NE 92. Once you get to the national monument, you will find several attractive features including the prominent 800 feet tall landmark that was used by Native Americans and other emigrants as a path marker for those traveling on Mormon, California, Oregon, and Pony Express trails.
The area where the national monument sits is also popular because of it's rich geological and paleontological history including the world's largest collection of paintings by William Henry Jackson. There is also a museum that exhibits the human and natural history of the area.
Besides these attractions, you can also participate in several recreational activities including bicycling, hiking, auto touring, ranger-guided walks, and interpretive programs. Some of the amenities that are available to facilitate these activities include a bicycle trail, visitor center, museum/exhibit, restrooms, and a self-guided tour/trail.
You are permitted to bring your dog along to Scotts Bluff National Monument, although under strong restrictions to ensure that the national monument's resources are protected. Some of the basic rules that you need to be aware of when visiting the Scotts Bluff National Monument with your pooch are as follows.
First, you must maintain immediate control of your pooch at all times, and this includes keeping your dog leashed or in a secure container at all times. You must also clean up after your dog and be aware of the areas of the park that you are not allowed to go with your pet. Basically, you should not go into park buildings unless you have a service dog.