Gering, NE – Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the season at Scotts Bluff National Monument.
The park hours will change on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The Visitor Center will be open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; vehicles will be allowed up Summit Road from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and must be down by 6:00 p.m. These hours will be in effect through Labor Day weekend. The grounds, including the trails, are open from sunrise to sunset year around.
The summer programs kick off with a “Wildflower Walk” with Steven Rolfsmeier on Saturday, May 26, 2018 starting at 10 a..m. Professor Rolfsmeier is an expert in the botany of the panhandle. His knowledge of the bluffs current plants and flowers along with his familiarity of the historical plant landscape gives depth to his talk that is rarely found. Meet him at 3:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center to start the walk.
Other programs being offered this summer include:
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
Further information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules are available at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website athttp://www.nps.gov/scbl/index.htm or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps.