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Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard
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  • 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. 
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Chimney Rock is one of the defining features of the Oregon Trail. It is not the largest, or even the most impressive feature along the route, but it is very distinctive, looking like an upside-down funnel on the edge of the plains. To take the metaphor further, it was a site that gave the pioneers “fuel” to continue at a point in their journey when they needed it, just by visually letting them know they were making progress. We arrived at the visitor center, not quite a mile to the east of the rock itself, after business hours, so I don’t know what’s inside. But the view from there is good and classic. However, we drove on a dirt road just north of the monument near sunset and the way the rocks were illuminated there at that time of day was superior.
  • Wonderful spot. The chimney has severely eroded from the wind, but the history and view is still here. Pretty neat to see what the trail riders saw.
  • Staff running the Visitor Center were not very friendly at all. When we were looking at the gift shop, they kept watching us suspiciously. The center isn't much but the video is worth a watch. If I was to return just skip the Visitor Center and drive back the the Chimney Rock cemetery. There is a much better location from that location. Makes the Oregon Trail come alive!
  • When you live in Nebraska, Chimney Rock is one of those places you tend to take for granted of being in your very own state. The iconic rock formation - recognizable to some from the state quarters, or to those of us born before the 90s from playing Oregon Trail - was a highlight on an impromptu sightseeing trip for me of my own state. I was rushed to get there in time before the sun set, so I missed the hours of the visitor's center and didn't have a chance to walk the grounds of the site. But it was still definitely worth the drive. If you plan on heading out to Chimney Rock, plan your time well so you won't feel as rushed as I was. The entire surrounding area is truly beautiful. Soak it all in.
  • A terrific experience to actually be in the area that was host to the travellers on the Oregon Trail and see the landmark that was a guidepost. Much better than merely reading about ot and seeing photos.