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Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard
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  • 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 na...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 w...  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.