WyoBraska Magazine
West Nebraska's Travel Inspiration Guide

The Adventure of a Lifetime

VISIT WEST NEBRAKSA

The North Platte River Valley and Scotts Bluff National Monument

Your windshield is suddenly filled with the breathtaking sight of the North Platte River Valley and the Wildcat Hills, which is dominated by the Scotts Bluff National Monument, rising 4659 feet (1420 meters) above sea level. Welcome to WyoBraska.

A Road Trip to Western Nebraska’s Amazing Agricultural History

You cannot tell the recent history of the North Platte Valley without stressing the importance of agriculture. When dealing with the subject of agriculture in the Valley in the first part of the 20th century probably the most important crop was sugar beets.

EXPLORE WYOBRASKA

WyoBraska is unique among the regions of the United States and the word WyoBraska means a lot to the people of western Nebraska. It’s our home, and our identity. WyoBraska is the only region of the United States that can claim a unique history to the old west as its culture which has been embedded in its population for generations making a visit to Scotts Bluff County a vacation of a lifetime.

 VISIT WESTERN NEBRASKA 

2022 Western Nebraska Travel Guide

Welcome to Scotts Bluff County

Wyobraska Magazine is not just a travel magazine. It’s the first publication of its kind in western Nebraska. We’ve invested in bold people with transformative ideas as our photographers, journalist and filmmakers. We've entrusted a community of professional storytellers and historians that you can depend on to bring you meaningful and factual stories about the last great western American frontier.

Experience and explore WyoBraska: the last great western American frontier

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An Adventure with High Plains Hot Air Balloon Company over Western Nebraska

My latest assignment for WyoBraska magazine: go up in a hot air balloon, and then write about it. At this rate, I’m assuming that my next article will involve discount bungee jumping or a day as a PBR bull rider (I really shouldn’t be giving my boss any ideas.) But since I’ve tried everything from motocross to Senior Bingo Night at the Elks Lodge at least once, I decided that I’d cross it off of the old bucket list.

Panorama Point – Nebraska’s Highest Point

On the seemingly boundless grasslands of far southwestern Nebraska, in an area dotted with working cattle ranches, farms, and towering windmills, lies the highest point in the state, Panorama Point.

Preserving Japanese History in Western Nebraska

When you walk into the entrance to the Japanese Hall today, you are greeted by the images of the Issei, the first generation of Japanese, who settled in the valley, and the story of their journey from Japan to the United States.

The Historic Location of Mud Springs Station in Western Nebraska

There's a location full of history as well as horror in Western Nebraska. Why Paranormal Investigators aren't descending on the historic site of Mud Springs like a horde of locusts is beyond us as this location leaves visitors full of a feeling of dread and anxiety from the moment they arrive until they depart the area. To understand what we mean you have to visit there yourself.

Blowout Penstemon – Western Nebraska’s Most Endangered Plant Species

While traveling WyoBraska you may encounter one of the rarest plants found in North America simply by looking out of your car window as you travel WyoBraska east of Scotts Bluff County. Penstemon haydenii is a sturdy plant that only grows in sand dune blowouts.

GET INSPIRED

Scotts Bluff County, NE is unique. It's the last great western American frontier. From the Oregon, California and Mormon immigrant trails to the violent Native American wars, WyoBraska stands out in American history and we want you to be apart of it. Come with us as we discover the history, the people, the culture, the old and the new that makes WyoBraska a travel destination like no other.

VISIT SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY

Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 (Horse Creek Treaty) “The Great Smoke”

The Great Plains were home to many tribes for countless generations. They lived and hunted all along the prairie, and sometimes warred with neighboring tribes. In the mid-1800s, they began witnessing mass migrations of white men through their respective territories.
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Signal Butte: A Western Nebraska Archeological Treasure

Visit Western Nebraska and view Signal Butte: the first archeological site to be carbon dated, and a testament to the Woodland Indians who once called western Nebraska their home.

The Buffalo Soldiers of WyoBraska

African American soldiers of the 9th and 10th cavalry regiments, garrisoned at Fort Robinson and Fort Niobrara, played a significant role in the history of WyoBraska.

The North Platte River Valley and Scotts Bluff National Monument

Your windshield is suddenly filled with the breathtaking sight of the North Platte River Valley and the Wildcat Hills, which is dominated by the Scotts Bluff National Monument, rising 4659 feet (1420 meters) above sea level. Welcome to WyoBraska.

The Rarest Plant in WyoBraska: The Colorado Butterfly Plant

If you’ve ever hiked through the high plains meadows or along the wandering streams of WyoBraska, you may have been lucky enough to catch sight of the Colorado Butterfly Plant (Oenothera coloradensis), a short-lived perennial herb in the evening primrose family.

The Elusive Swift Fox

The smallest wild canine in North America, once abundant, is a little-known and vitally important member of the prairie and desert ecosystems of WyoBraska.

A Road Trip to Western Nebraska’s Amazing Agricultural History

You cannot tell the recent history of the North Platte Valley without stressing the importance of agriculture. When dealing with the subject of agriculture in the Valley in the first part of the 20th century probably the most important crop was sugar beets.

Hiking Scotts Bluff County’s Historic Bead Mountain

Bead Mountain lies in the space between Chimney Rock and the Scotts Bluff National Monument, providing a breathtaking and scenic view of the North Platte Valley below. It is the prominent butte on Bead Mountain Ranch's property.

Pop-Up Street Performers: Pride In The Community

There’s something new happening in Scottsbluff and Gering, NE. People are finding musical talents in the early morning, and throughout the day, in open spaces dotted around the twin cities and most of these musicians are not from the area. They’re visiting WyoBraska and bringing with them a little big-city culture.

Fort Robinson Massacre & The Cheyenne Breakout

Fort Robinson is a major feature of Fort Robinson State Park, which comprises more than 22,000 acres of Old West history, lodging, camping, Pine Ridge scenery, and the park’s own bison and longhorn cattle herds.

Jewish Pioneers Of Huntley Wyoming

Huntley, Wyoming wasn’t always just an abandoned school on the side of Highway 92, a post office in a house, and a former church once inhabited by goats.

A Visit To Bridgeport Nebraska’s Annual Greek Festival

Upon entering the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport, attendees breathe deeply as the smell of delicately made Greek sweets wafts up their nostrils as vibrant and lively music sets the tone for the cultural encounter they are about to experience.

Scotty’s Drive-In: The Landmark Country Foodie Destination

The immigrant trails, WyoBraska's western heritage, agriculture, and rural culture hold special interest to most visitors but there's always more to WyoBraska than meets the eye and fast food hasn't been left out of that history. 

Western Nebraska’s Bighorn Sheep Herds

The ram looked up from eating his grass and met my gaze. He had been aware of me since I got out of my car in the parking lot at the Cedar Canyon Wildlife Management Area in southern Scotts Bluff County.

The History Left At Register Cliffs

Rising 100 feet above the floor of the North Platte River valley, near present day Guernsey, Wyoming, stands the easternmost of three emigrant recording areas in Wyoming.

Preserving Japanese History in Western Nebraska

When you walk into the entrance to the Japanese Hall today, you are greeted by the images of the Issei, the first generation of Japanese, who settled in the valley, and the story of their journey from Japan to the United States.

Special Thanks to The U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship Pilots & Crews

The U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships have financially infused the communities of Scottsbluff and Gering, Nebraska to the amount of 2 million dollars in revenue in three years

The Historic Location of Mud Springs Station in Western Nebraska

There's a location full of history as well as horror in Western Nebraska. Why Paranormal Investigators aren't descending on the historic site of Mud Springs like a horde of locusts is beyond us as this location leaves visitors full of a feeling of dread and anxiety from the moment they arrive until they depart the area. To understand what we mean you have to visit there yourself.

An Interview with Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Mills

Keyboardist and guitarist for Luke Mills and the Highway Drifters, Jimmy Weber shares a similar sentiment in regards to Mills, describing him as: “the most professional and dedicated artist I have ever worked with.”
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An Adventure with High Plains Hot Air Balloon Company over Western Nebraska

My latest assignment for WyoBraska magazine: go up in a hot air balloon, and then write about it. At this rate, I’m assuming that my next article will involve discount bungee jumping or a day as a PBR bull rider (I really shouldn’t be giving my boss any ideas.) But since I’ve tried everything from motocross to Senior Bingo Night at the Elks Lodge at least once, I decided that I’d cross it off of the old bucket list.

Sioux Chief Spotted Tail, Mni Akuwin and the History of Fort Laramie Post Hospital

Visit the ruins of Fort Laramie’s third hospital and first lime grout structure, built on top of unmarked graves, including the daughter of a famous Sioux warrior, on the site of the original Post Cemetery.
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Fort Laramie’s Three-Mile Hog Ranch – A Scandalous Slice of WyoBraska’s History

While visiting Fort Laramie, take a detour to view another facet of its long and fascinating history at a lesser known and more scandalous slice of WyoBraska’s past.

U.S. All-Star Military Baseball Team vs Western Nebraska Pioneers

It’s rare to hear the local fans cheer as loudly for the competition as they do for the home team. But when the opposing team made the first double play of the game, the crowd couldn’t help themselves. That’s what happens when the local heroes take on a group of national heroes.

Panorama Point – Nebraska’s Highest Point

On the seemingly boundless grasslands of far southwestern Nebraska, in an area dotted with working cattle ranches, farms, and towering windmills, lies the highest point in the state, Panorama Point.

Blowout Penstemon – Western Nebraska’s Most Endangered Plant Species

While traveling WyoBraska you may encounter one of the rarest plants found in North America simply by looking out of your car window as you travel WyoBraska east of Scotts Bluff County. Penstemon haydenii is a sturdy plant that only grows in sand dune blowouts.

Montz Ranch – A Western Hiking Adventure Guide

Originally homesteaded by the Montz family in 1886, the property 14 miles southwest of Morrill, Nebraska, down what is now Stegall Road often served as a way station in its early days for travelers due to its location halfway between La Grange, Wyoming, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska. It was also the end of the line for the telephone company for many years, making it a vital gathering place for neighbors on surrounding farms and ranches.

Nebraska Pioneers Baseball – Independence Has Never Looked So Good

On a given summer evening in Gering, Nebraska, you can take the wonderful opportunity to enjoy America’s Favorite Pastime, a game of baseball. Nebraska Pioneers Baseball.

Chimney Rock – The Landmark of Generations 

What's interesting about a spire of soft rock standing, isolated, on the Great Northern Plains of America? Nothing unless you happen to be Chimney Rock which has served as a landmark for immigrants traveling in the Great Migration of the 1800s, a marker, a cemetery, and even a town in WyoBraska.

Adventures In The Wildcat Hills of Western Nebraska 

The Wildcat Hills of Western Nebraska are rocky escarpments that rise several hundred feet from the Southside of the North Platte River across three counties. This land is protected by the state and has several vast areas open to the public to satisfy a variety of interests for both locals and visitors alike.

Robidoux Rendezvous – Western Nebraska’s Premier Bike Race 

Only eight years after the creation of the Robidoux Rendezvous, the event, created by Dr. Matthew Hutt, has continuously grown since 2015 with the help of both returning and new riders.

The North Platte River – Nebraska’s Highway to The West

Western Nebraska's ( WyoBraska ) North Platte River sits at the heart of many communities from as far east as North Platte, NE, and reaches west into Wyoming and northern Colorado where its headwaters flow from the Never Summer Mountains.

Pony Express Historic Trail – Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska

Shouts will be heard across the Pony Express Historic Trail on June 08, 2022, beginning at around 4:00 pm at the Scotts Bluff National Monument in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska.

Tour The Riverside Discovery Center with Luke Mills and Anthony Mason

We dive into a visit from Nebraska native, country music singer-songwriter Luke Mills to the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska for a visit with Anthony Mason (Director) for a personal tour and other activities found in western Nebraska's only Zoo.

Hiking Scotts Bluff National Monument

The Scotts Bluff National Monument dominates the landscape around it, serving as a landmark for people for hundreds of years. It is a sacred place for Native Americans and a marker for emigrants who traveled the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails.

The United Way Color Dash – Social Experiments Are Cool!

The United Way Color Dash happens on June 4th beginning at Five Rock Amphitheater in Gering, NE at 8:00 AM. This year the event is being sponsored by Riverstone Bank and an anticipated 1,000 runs, walkers, joggers, and strollers are expected to attempt this landmark event in WyoBraska.

Gering Community Ever Green House

A 25-foot tall, 25-foot wide fig tree resides in the unlikeliest places in western Nebraska. The Gering Community Ever Green House is home to the local attraction, which people from all over the world have come to visit.

NSAA Class B Boys State Golf Championships

Scotts Bluff Country Club hosts the 36-hole, class B, Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) boys, or girls Golf championships. The venue alternates between Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering, NE, and Scotts Bluff Country Club in Scottsbluff, NE

Riverside Discovery Center: Helping a Species Survive

Frannie takes a grape from zookeeper Sierra Spears during enrichment time at the Riverside Discovery Center (RDC). She is one of five chimpanzees who live at the zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) program.

Finding Sheep Creek Cemetery: Black History in WyoBraska

The wind gently blows through the prairie nearly every day. Residents of WyoBraska are used to it. Some even enjoy the breeze rustling through their hair as they sit on a remote, concrete bench and contemplate history.

Travel WyoBraska and see the Riverside Discovery Center

Riverside Discovery Center (RDC), also known as Riverside Zoo, has been a staple in the Western Nebraska Twin Cities (Scottsbluff and Gering) community since 1950.

The Bisterfeldt Potato Cellar Site

In 1933 an archeological find of a lifetime was discovered in Gering, Nebraska containing the skeletons of 32 adults and five infants of Woodland Plains Indian hunter-gatherers located in four separate pits.

Rock Hunting in Western Nebraska

Rock clubs are dynamic groups scattered throughout the world that unite people who have a passion for treasures that nature provides with exceptional diversity. WyoBraska is a rich and vast geographical area that provides plenty of opportunities to gather spectacular rocks and minerals.

Birding in WyoBraska: A Wildlife Photography Adventure

Wyobraska is unique to the world. Its climate, buttes, canyons, valleys, and natural resources are the very thing that makes up the west. It's the beginning of the Rocky Mountains and the end of the Great Plains. It's an experience no one forgets and everyone who's visited here can hardly wait to return to it.

A View From Above – Balloonist Over Scotts Bluff County

Kelli Cook began packing her hot air balloon after landing in field in western Nebraska. She soon noticed a five-year old boy running across the field. She looked around to see where he came from and spotted his grandmother parked on the side of the road.

The Extraordinary Black-tailed Prairie Dogs

The Great Plains encompasses the entirety of Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota and parts of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Each state offers ecoregions and ecosystems unto themselves and each is unique.

The Geology of Scotts Bluff National Monument

Traveling south along highway 71 into Scotts Bluff County you begin to see the scope and size of the North Platte Valley begin to open up to eye popping vistas of the valley floor. Large buttes dominate the the center of the valley surrounded by the ponderosa pine covered Wildcat Hills to the South. To the Southeast, large mounds of rock dot the skyline forcing the viewer to take a breath in awe of its splendor.

2020 U.S. National Hot Air Ballooning Championships

Looking upward on an early August morning, a single balloon can be seen in the distance. A careful glance reveals another and then another until the sky is filled with a cornucopia of colors, shapes and sizes. Spectators marvel at another exclusive joy that only western Nebraska can deliver.

Legacy of the Plains Museum: Scotts Bluff County History

Human beings are a stories species. We like to tell stories. From cave drawings to sitting around a fire to websites, we like to tell stories. Sitting in the shadow of the Scotts Bluff National Monument is the North Platte Valley’s premiere destinations for our stories of where we came from and where we are going.

The Story of Mary “Wee Granny” Murray Murdoch

Mary “Wee Granny” Murray Murdoch was born in Glencairn, Dumfries, Scotland on Oct. 13, 1782. She married James Murdoch, a coal miner on Jan. 10, 1811. They had eight children. Six lived to maturity. Wee Granny’s life changed forever on Oct. 21, 1831.

Lake Minatare Lighthouse: What’s its Purpose?

Most visitors to Scottsbluff, Nebraska arrive looking for history and the experience of walking along the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails following the footsteps of their ancestors, and other immigrants, to the west coast and a new life in the late 1800s. Little consideration is given to one of seven land-locked lighthouses in the United States that they can only see in Wyobraska.
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The Amazing Journey of the Sandhill Crane

Considered one of the last great animal migrations on Earth, the Sandhill cranes stop over in the Central Platte River Valley is unprecedented in scope and size. It’s not unusual for the sky to go dark as thousands of migrating birds fill the air blocking out the sun.
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