Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard

Chimney Rock is a prominent geological rock formation in Morrill County in western Nebraska. Rising nearly 300 feet (91 m) above the surrounding North Platte River valley, the peak of Chimney Rock is 4,228 feet (1,289 m) above sea level. The formation served as a landmark along the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail during the mid-19th century. The trails ran along the north side of the rock, which remains a visible landmark for modern travelers along U.S. Route 26 and Nebraska Highway 92.
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  • This was a decent stop, if you are in to history, and it’s on your way. It’s a 15-30 Minute stop. I would not drive an hour out of our way to be there, but glad we did since on the way.  more »
  • Historical Landmark is a sight to behold especially at Sunset. Visitor Center CLOSED due to COVID-19. We stayed in a Motorhome at Pioneer Crossing Campground near the Mountain Landmark. They have....  more »
  • I had the very same experience as Marcia. I puzzled over the older lady's sharp, haughty attitude, especially when a man came in with his wife and asked identical questions to mine, yet she responded in a friendly, chatty manner (We asked if our National Park Pass could be used at this site). She may be a volunteer or even a benefactor, but her attitude is doing no good for this site. She was friendlier when I bought some items in the gift shop and she processed the sale. I considered paying to see the museum and film, but her attitude made me decide against it. Interesting note - this site was organized by benefactors involved in aviation, this site was a landmark used by aviators to navigate by in the 20's and 30's.
  • Very cool, however this is as close as you will get to the monument, as we were told the property between the visitors center and the monument itself is all privately owned. The vistor center itself was really nice.
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