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Scottsbluff, NE: Mitchell Pass

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Distance: 1.1 miles


Cut through Mitchell Pass and follow in the footsteps of Oregon Trail emigrants on this easy, 1.1-mile out-and-back in Nebraska's Scotts Bluff National Monument.
  • Wagon
  • Museum
  • Visitor Center
  • Wagon
  • Bench
  • Stone
  • Trail Marker
  • Tunnel
  • Trees
  • End of Mitchell Pass Trail

Eagle Rock and Sentinel Rock (two of the area's five prominent towers) flank this half-mile trail that heads west from the visitor center. The trail's earliest section paralells the park road and begins as a wide, paved path with two covered wagons on display. Its surface turns to sand as it enters a wagon-carved gulley—an original section of the much-traveled Oregon Trail—and climbs gently beneath the crumbling southern face of Eagle Rock. A granite memorial marks a newly graveled section of path that rises out of the ruts and rounds the sandstone hilltops toward a cul-de-sac overlook of the surrounding plains.

This exposed trail can be windy on the bluff's north side, but on still days it's a good option for families. And, the trail's up-close views of Eagle Rock are some of the park's most impressive.

-Mapped by Kristy Holland

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