Rising 4659 feet above sea level, Scotts Bluff was a landmark on the Overland Trail, this huge rock rising out of the prairie. We stopped at the Scotts Bluff National Monument near Gering, Nebraska. At the Visitor Center we were the only visitors! When we asked when the shuttle to the top would leave we were told, “When you’re ready.” With that we took the ride to the top to gaze out over the Platte River valley. We were the only passengers in the shuttle so we and the ranger had a great conversation about the geology and the cultural history of the area. That’s one of the joys of visiting the lesser known national parks!

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