Trails West

Trails West in Nebraska

The Oregon Trail stretches 2,000 miles, yet since the 19th Century many found the heart of its natural beauty to be here in Western Nebraska.  This road of wilderness offered an uncertain fate when fabled frontiersmen like Kit Carson drove those first wagon trains from Missouri in 1842. But no doubt, their favorite treacherous tourist stops had to be in the Platte Valley of Trails West Country.  

It was the majestic western region of Nebraska where the Oregon Trail's most famous landmarks were seen at Ash Hollow, Courthouse and Jail rocks, and the Scotts Bluff National Monument.  The end of the tragic trail came early for many, as one out of 10 of those emigrants were buried along the way of the 6-month trek.  The breathtaking beauty remains, but now it is a journey filled with bliss.  You can sail through a 155 mile journey in the Western Trails Historic and Scenic Byway.  The drive will take just hours, but a lifetime of memories await.

Robidoux Trading Post
Robidoux Trading Post
Fur Trading & Carter Canyon, the Original Oregon Trail

Robidoux Was the First Sign of Civilization In 1851, Plains Indians brought their furs to Robidoux Trading Post (pronounced ROO-bi-doo). In the early days of the Oregon Trail, it was one of the first signs of civilization after many weeks on the prairie. The sod-roofed building has been reconstruct

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Lake Minitare & Lighthouse
Lake Minitare & Lighthouse

Photo by Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston   Nebraska Lighthouse is One of Only Seven Inland in USA Lake Minatare is large, but not so big that it needs a lighthouse. It has one anyway and it offers an impressive 360-degree view. It was built by the Veterans Conservation Corps, a New Deal ag

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Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska
Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska

Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska Summer is the peak season for Western Nebraska tourism, but Oshkosh is also popular in fall. It’s the Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska.  Several local hunting outfitters accommodate sportsmen from around the world. For more information, contact the O

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Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock was the most noted landmark along the Oregon Trail.

Chimney Rock Guided Pioneers Moving West Visible to wagon trains from several days away, Chimney Rock’s 120-foot spire was unlike anything Oregon Trail pioneers had ever seen. The landmark’s story is told at the Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center at Chimney Rock National His

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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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Art & 17 Ranch Winery
Art & 17 Ranch Winery

Winery Tour and Art Galleries Near Lake McConaughy Lewellen, at the west end of Lake McConaughy, features The Most Unlikely Place, a 1908 silent movie theater that is now a cafe. The owner roller skates about the maple floor, serving visitors surrounded by high-end art. On that same Main Street y

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Bridgeport State Recreation Area
Bridgeport State Recreation Area

Waterski, Camp, Fish and Hike Near Bridgeport, Nebraska Just off Highways 26 and 92 on the west edge of town, Bridgeport State Recreation Area offers primitive camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and waterskiing. It is open year-round. A state park entry permit is required. For more information,

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Midwest Theater
Midwest Theater
Historic Midwest Theater

Historic Midwest Theater The historic Midwest Theater  is a grand, old movie palace of yesteryear in downtown Scottsbluff. For more information on Scottsbluff, contact Scotts Bluff County Tourism at 800-788-9475 or visit www.VisitScottsBluff.com.

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Courthouse Rock & Jail Rock Golf Course
Courthouse Rock & Jail Rock Golf Course

Fore!  Play Golf in Bridgeport. Courthouse and Jail Rock Golf Club, a nine-hole public course, is near Bridgeport. For more information, contact the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at (308) 262-1825 or visit www.bridgeportneb.com.

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Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy Wildlife at Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge Oshkosh also is a point of departure for Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located deep in the remote and beautiful Sandhills Lakes country. The 46,000-acre refuge is 30 miles north of Oshkosh and includes 21 shallow and scenic natura

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Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Enjoy the Majestic Wildcat Hills

Photo by Steve & Bobbi Olson Scotts Bluff National Monument is Actually in Gering Facts are scarce when it comes to knowing anything about Hiram Scott. Legends abound about the fur trapper who died in 1828 near the bluff that came to bear his name, and historians argue over the real story of

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