With the summer tourism season in full swing, staff at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering are keeping plenty busy.
Last weekend they officially switched to summer hours, and the Visitor Center and Summit Road now open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day.
The grounds, including the trails, are open from sunrise to sunset year around.
The summer programs also have kicked off, and lots of great programming will be offered this summer, including:
- June 2: 3:00 p.m. “Virginia Reed: ‘Don’t Take No Shortcuts’” with Kirsten Reynolds & Shawn Wade of National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper
- June 9: 3:00 p.m. “The Dating Game – Old West Style” with Ranger Lesley Gaunt
- June 23: 3:00 p.m. “A Different Color for an Old Gray Mare” with volunteer Jerry Lucas
- June 27: approximately 5:30 p.m. Pony Express Re-ride
- June 30: 3:00 p.m. “Lichens Walk at Scotts Bluff” with Bethany Bergstrom & Steven Rolfsmeier
- July 14: 3:00 p.m. “Teenage Ambassador of Peace: Spotted Tail’s Daughter” with Shawn Wade of National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper
- July 21: 9:00 p.m. “Lunar Legacy” with Ranger Lesley Gaunt
- July 28: 9:00 a.m. Trail Trek- “First Impressions: Monumental Discoveries by Pioneers on the Overland Trails in Western Nebraska” with staff from the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper
- August 11: 9:00 p.m. “Night Sky” with Professor Tom Robinson
- August 25: 3:00 p.m. “Horse Creek Treaty” with volunteer Jerry Lucas
- September 8: 9:00 p.m. “Night Sky” with Professor Tom Robinson