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Chimney Rock National Historic Site

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Address: Chimney Rock Road, Bayard, NE
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+1 308-586-2581
09:00 - 17:00
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A beacon of on the Great Plains marked the way West for pioneers, prospectors, and persecuted people

The Nebraska Historical Society museum here will tell you as much as you care to know about this historic landmark which has been guiding indigenous people, fur trappers... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
Jay M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The Nebraska Historical Society museum here will tell you as much as you care to know about this historic landmark which has been guiding indigenous people, fur trappers, pioneers, and settlers for centuries. Also, check out the scores of artwork around the museum by visitors just like yourself. Hopefully, you have exited I-80 and plan to take the scenic historic... More 

Thank Jay M
Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Chimney Rock was completely out of the way and added a little bit more driving to our day, but it was worth the detour. Chimney Rock is one of the quintessential landmarks of the American West. The name describes the rock structure perfectly. A giant pillar of rock protrudes upward from the earth's surface like a giant chimney. Visiting this... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

There is much more history around Chimney Rock than the other beautiful rock formations in the area. I personally liked Courthouse & Jail rocks and Scottsbluff more. But still definitely worth a visit. You can't get that close to it.

2 Thank Jan R
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We stopped at Chimney Rock National Historic Site on our way out to visit my brother in Estes Park, CO. Well, the reality is that we drove to the area specifically to see it- it's not exactly on the way. We had driven up to Scottsbluff from the south the night before and knew it was too late in the... More 

1 Thank DonnieOshkosh
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Is $3/person to view inside Vis Center and totally worth it. The timeline on the wall is excellent if you like history. 2 adults spent 2 hours there. Short video is interesting.

2 Thank caroline m
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Stopping at Chimney Rock is an outstanding way to view one of the most important landmarks on the western trails. YES, It is out of the way, YES, There is a $3.00 fee, YES, You are unable to get very close. These were the complaints of one who gave this landmark a ""poor"" rating. Imagine what would happen to this... More 

4 Thank Paul G
Black Hawk, South Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is an interesting formation with a small museum. I wouldn't make this a destination but it you're driving by, its worth a stop. Excellent if you're interested in the Oregon Trail. Be advised that even though they call it a "national historic site", it is run by the state and your national park passes will only get you a... More 

1 Thank 368brucet
Westville, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We drove down to the visitor's center, but didn't go in. Took some pictures from the parking lot, but the views from the road are better. This was on our way to Gering & Scottsbluff, which we liked much more. If you're a big Oregon Trail buff, pay the money & see the visitor center. We were content with less.

2 Thank ccindyk48
Nebraska, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a landmark that was a milestone for the pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail. It is definitely worth seeing. It is among several massive formations in the area, and after traveling on the great plaines, it is really an impressive area to visit. Unfortunately, the visitors center was closed when we visited. But Chimney Rock was very easy... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

It was a cold rainy day so we only got to see this rock for the visitor centre. The centre has a nice small museum with it. The rock is ... well a rock. Not that impressive but worth a small detour.

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