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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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Thought it would be bigger.

I thought it would be bigger! That's what... I think you need an appreciation for history and what the landmark met for settlers moving along the Oregon Trail to fully enjoy this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vandalia, Illinois
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Vandalia, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought it would be bigger! That's what... I think you need an appreciation for history and what the landmark met for settlers moving along the Oregon Trail to fully enjoy this site or it is just another rock formation. A good stop if you find yourself traveling along 92 or in the Scottsbluff area. The site looks to have... More 

Thank jacob_riedle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'd rate this higher if there was the possibility of hiking to this amazing rock formation. The museum is interesting, and only a few dollars, but again for me the rock formation was the draw. I arrived to find out that it's on private land and you can only drive to view point that you're still pretty far away from... More 

Thank Deanne A
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dismal and dreary day, but on our trip the panhandle; Chimney Rock is always on our list. It is a state landmark and I like see this part of the state even in dreary weather. The fog added a dimension that I have never seen today.

Thank Philip S
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I mean...it's a rock in the middle of nowhere with a semi-interesting history. The visitor center was pleasant and provided a good viewing area. The historian said there is a county road to get closer but really the outlook from the back of the center is close enough.

Thank Katy C
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45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 

1 Thank Jay M
Boynton Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
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 

Thank Lenore R
Tampere, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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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400 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 

3 Thank DonnieOshkosh
Tucson, Arizona
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50 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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.

4 Thank caroline m
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 

5 Thank Paul G

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