The Nebraska Panhandle is one of the most scenic regions in Nebraska, where prairie, forests, mountains, and sandhills all stretch onward beneath the wide open sky.
This is a region for roaming out of doors, appreciating the state's natural beauty and its history—plus its prehistory. The parks and national monuments offer great opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploring history where it happened. Head to Chadron State Park for a day spent hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing. Walk part of the Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff National Monument. At Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, the history reaches far back into the past before humans walked these lands.
Discover the impact of people in the panhandle at the Museum of the Fur Trade and the Dawes County Historical Museum, both in Chadron. Don't miss the modern man-made folly at Carhenge.
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
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National monuments and state parks offer the chance to roam outdoors and explore Nebraska's scenery and history. Enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing at Chadron State Park. Visit Agate Fossil Beds National Monument for a look at fossils of the prehistoric creatures that roamed Nebraska. Trails lead past ongoing dig sites. At Scotts Bluff, you can walk a section of the Oregon Trail.
Nebraska's history is on display in Museum's in the Panhandle region. At the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, see how the trade was conducted by traders and Native Americans. Take another look at local history in log house and artifacts at the Dawes County Historical Museum in Chadron.
Take a drive through Nebraska's Panhandle. You might drive along the Gold Rush Byway, with varied scenic vistas including sand hills, forests, and mountains. Stop on your drive to visit attractions ranging from the natural wonder of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, the history of Scotts Bluff National Monument, and the man-made folly of Carhenge.