Pine Ridge

Pine Ridge Region of Nebraska

Paradise in the Pine Ridge plays a symphony of sounds. Creeks stream past white cliffs as deer dance in the thick grassland, and songbirds sing with joy to the percussion of pedals pushing cyclists on a daring ride over another bluff. Turkeys go wild when the bighorn sheep join the show and the forest whispers in the gentle prairie wind that all creatures are welcome. There is plenty of room for humans, too.

History embraces this state’s northwest ridge, and the legends live on in this arc of uncommon beauty. It is a giant bedroom for fossils and the cowboys still ride off into the sunset. But they can’t wait to saddle up at dawn, because every morning is precious in Pine Ridge Country.

 

Beaver Wall & Sheridan Gates
Beaver Wall & Sheridan Gates

Geographic Wonders and Pioneer History in Hay Springs Two local landmarks have important historical significance. The Beaver Wall escarpment is in the middle of the Spotted Tail Agency and old Camp Sheridan. Spotted Tail was a famous Lakota (Sioux) leader and a contemporary of Crazy Horse. From the

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Belmont Railroad Tunnel
Belmont Railroad Tunnel

Nebraska's Only Railroad Tunnel Draws Rainfans The 750-foot-long Belmont Tunnel is no longer used by trains. Railroad enthusiasts watch trains climbing the 10-mile-long Crawford-to-Belmont grade. Look for the Belmont sign nine miles south of Crawford on Highway 2. For more information about Crawfo

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Toadstool Geologic Park
Toadstool Geologic Park

  Strangest landscape in the Oglala National Grassland! Highway 2 leads north to Oglala National Grassland, home of pronghorn, turkey, mule deer and burrowing owls. Toadstool Geologic Park is regarded as a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient vo

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High Plains Homestead
High Plains Homestead

Photo by Steve & Bobbi Olson Frontier Village on Nebraska's High Western Plains The High Plains Homestead/Drifter Cookshack features “cowboy-sized” meals. Lodging is available, and there’s a blacksmith shop, antique store and Dirty Creek Saloon. (308) 665-2592. The High Pl

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Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum
Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum

See How Cowboys lived in Gordon, Nebraska Cowboy memorabilia from the late 1800s through the present day is displayed at the Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum at the Gordon City Park at Fourth and Oak streets. An impressive collection of cattle brands burned into wood helps explain the area’s

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Scamahorn Museum
Scamahorn Museum

The Scamahorn Museum is a restored 1880s Methodist church and houses local history exhibits, military displays, Native American artifacts, pioneer and agricultural tools and genealogical records. The museum is the oldest building in Gordon and is named for the founder of the community, the Rev. John

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Fort Robinson
Fort Robinson
Fort Robinson State Park & Post Playhouse

Nebraska's Largest State Park - Where Crazy Horse Surrendered Fort Robinson State Park is three miles west of Crawford on Highway 20. It began in 1874 as a military camp at the Red Cloud Indian Agency. Now, the park is one of Nebraska’s most popular attractions. Lakota warrior Crazy Horse

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Museum of the Fur Trade
Museum of the Fur Trade

Learn the History of Fur in Chadron, Nebraska The Museum of the Fur Trade is located at the site of a trading post operated by the American Fur Company from 1837 to 1876. The building has been reconstructed on the original foundation. The museum’s three galleries go far beyond local history

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Walgren Lake State Recreation Area
Walgren Lake State Recreation Area

Underwater Monster Swims Walgren Lake in Hay Springs A newspaper story in a 1922 issue of the Hay Springs News reported the sighting of a Loch Ness-style monster at Alkali Lake. Rumors circulated of ranchers losing cattle to the hungry beast, but no physical evidence of the creature’s questio

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Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center
Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center

What killed the bison?  Research it here. Highway 2 leads north to Oglala National Grassland, home of pronghorn, turkey, mule deer and burrowing owls. Toadstool Geologic Park is a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient volcanoes have eroded at different r

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Red Cloud Buttes & Treaty Tree
Red Cloud Buttes & Treaty Tree

Native American Historical Sites in Nebraska From Red Cloud Buttes, you see Crawford to the east, Fort Robinson to the south, and the Red Cloud Agency site to the southeast. Half a mile northwest is the site of the Treaty Tree, where in 1875 the U.S. government tried to buy the Black Hills from the

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Chadron State Park
Chadron State Park

Nebraska's Oldest State Park Offers Wilderness Fun Founded in 1921, Chadron State Park was Nebraska’s first state park. It encompasses nearly 1,000 acres of Pine Ridge wilderness nine miles south of Chadron on Highway 385. The park offers fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, bird watc

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

See one of the Plains Richest Fossil Sites in Mitchell  Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is home to an important collection of Native American artifacts. Visitors can walk among the fossils of ancient animals. Located 22 miles south of Harrison or 34 miles north of Mitchell on Highway 29.

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Sowbelly Canyon Byway
Sowbelly Canyon Byway

Scenic Driving Tour Near Harrison, Nebraska For a scenic side trip head north from town on Sowbelly Road. In 1876, the 5th U.S. Cavalry fought a band of Cheyenne at what is known as Warbonnet Battlefield. Buffalo Bill is said to have killed Cheyenne warrior Yellow Hand during the fight. Go thre

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Mari Sandoz Historical Marker
Mari Sandoz Historical Marker

Enjoy Countryside Solace Near Gordon The Mari Sandoz Historical Marker is in a valley of natural lakes 30 miles south of Gordon on Highway 27. Follow the signs from there east to Mari’s Grave on the Sandoz homestead and see the still-producing fruit orchards planted by her father, “Ol

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