Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Saddle Rock Trail
Try this Cliﬀside walk for a closer look at Scotts Bluﬀ
The trail on your right gradually descends the steep slopes of Scotts Bluff to Scotts Spring and the Visitor Center. Eroding layers of sandstone, siltstone, and volcanic ash are exposed along the way, and you’ll see some intriguing geologic features at close range.
The Saddle Rock Trail is about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) long, and the one-way trip down takes about an hour. To avoid a long walk back, you can arrange to have a companion pick you up at the Visitor Center.
For your safety, please stay on the hard-surfaced trail. Steep drop-offs and loose rocks make dangerous footing. Please do not throw or roll rocks, since this accelerates erosion and may injure hikers below.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 50.27′ N, 103° 41.91′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, along the North Overlook Trail at the summit of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Gering NE 69341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eroding Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott Memorial The Way West (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The River Route (about 800 feet away); Remnant Highlands (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scotts Bluff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pony Express (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Overland Experience (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of the Saddle Rock Trail, and other trails at the summit of Scotts Bluff. It contains a caption of “There is no drinking water along the trail. Watch for rattlesnakes.” The center of the marker features several pictures of things you may see on the trail. These include a Desert cottontail rabbit, Prairie rattlesnake, and a Tunnel through Saddle Rock.
Categories. • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.