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Scotts Bluff National Monument
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Scotts Bluff National Monument
Description - Nebraska is a mainly rural state with most of the population living in the southeastern portion of the state. This region contains the large communities of Omaha, Lincoln (the capital), Grand Island and Hastings. The eastern border of the region is formed by the Missouri River. This is the region where European descendants first settled the state. Waters from many rivers and streams irrigate prolific agriculture lands that include the Arbor Day Farm orchards. The green areas of several state parks complete the landscape in this region and provide access to recreation opportunities for residents and visitors.

The Prairie Lakes region of Nebraska lies in the southwestern area of the state. This once was a dry landscape of tallgrass prairies and cattle drives. Today several reservoirs have been created, in the region, with recreation areas along their shores. The state recreation areas surrounding the reservoirs contain marinas, campgrounds, picnic grounds and hiking facilities.

The Platte River corridor leads through southern Nebraska from west to east. Interstate 80 closely follows the river's path, as did the emigrants on the Oregon Trail, Overland Stage Route and Santa Fe Trail. State parks, historic sites and recreation areas line the river banks throughout the region. Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area lies within this corridor in western Nebraska. The reservoir is the largest in the state with 36,000 acres of water.

Northwestern Nebraska includes the area north of Interstate 80 to the northern border. This region contains some unusual rock formations, that tell visitors that they are in a geologic transition zone. The plains are slowly blending into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This territory continues for several hundred more miles before it reaches mountainous terrain. Attractions like, Agate Fossil Beds and Scotts Bluff National Monuments, interpret the changing landscape. A portion of Nebraska National Forest and all 95,000 acres of Oglala National Grasslands preserve open space for recreational and educational purposes.

North central Nebraska is characterized by scattered pines, sandstone canyons and high prairies. This region contains two districts of the Nebraska National Forest and two National Wildlife Refuges. A portion of the national forest contains an experimental pine forest that is considered the largest man-made forest in the United States. The Niobrara River flows through the region toward the waters of the Mississippi.

Northeastern Nebraska is known as the Land of Lewis and Clark, because the duo's expedition tromped through the region as they explored the Missouri River. Three Indian Reservations exist within this area, that of the Sioux, Winnebago and Omaha Tribes. Several state parks complete the landscape of public lands in this region.

Recreation - As unusual as this may seem, many of the recreation areas in this state lie on the banks of waterways. Large reservoirs pervade the state and provide facilities for hiking, biking, camping, boating, water skiing and canoeing.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

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Filed By: J. Bockoven (Lincoln, Ne)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toadstool Park(approximately 15 miles north of Crawford: Unlike anywhere else in the state. Pretty isolated geological area, moonscape with toadstools and mushroom shaped rock. Also has highlighted fossil trails. Camping area is treeless but comes with a good shelter. Great hiking if your in to quirky scenery. It is a 3 mile hike to the Bison bonebed from here that is marked. Take first road north of Crawford, it is signed, and drive about 13 miles, there is also a detour to the bonebed. Road is mildly rough. Recommended for those who like the unusual and want to be isolated.

Filed By: Jonas (Sioux Falls, SD)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Pine Ridge in NW Nebraska has excellent mountain biking trails. Check out sites on the web....great scenery, hills, canyons, buttes, cliffs and not a lot of people. Check it........

Filed By: Marek Uliasz (Fort Collins, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Photo reports from paddling trips in NE and southwest including the Dismal River: http://www.frii.com/~uliasz/wayfarer

Filed By: Marek Uliasz (Fort Collins, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A great river for paddling, but not for floating - a fast current and numerous obstacles require a constant attention from the paddler. Recommended part for paddling: between higways 97 and 83. Between the highway 83 and Nebraska National Forest (Whitetail campground)the river is getting shallow and slow and the barbed wire fences are not canoe friendly any more. Please see photo reports on my website.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Dismal river,quick currents very sharp turns LOTS of trees have eroded in at all the most difficult places.Hwy 97 to Hwy 83 is 2 long days of canoeing with lots of wild life.You will get wet!

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Nebraska Travel and Tourism Division, P.O. Box 98913 , Lincoln, NE, 68509, Phone: 402-471-3796


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