Scotts Bluff National Monument receiving makeover after eight years

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. After eight years of planning, the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor’s Center will receive the face lift it was waiting for.

The projects original anticipated start date was in August of 2017 but with the lack of adequate bid proposals at the time, the project was delayed.

Starting Monday, January 7th, the Visitor’s Center will take away all of the steps and stairs, add fire suppression, rewire the entire building, add 3,000 square feet for the new entrance with a curatorial and multi-purpose room.

Everything located in the current Visitor’s Center will be moved into the trailer located in the entrance of the park.

The Superintendent of the Scotts Bluff National Monument believes it is a change that the community will grow accustomed to.

“You travel across the country and visitors see construction all the time,” said Dan Morford, Superintendent for Scotts Bluff National Monument. “It’s going to be something new and different for us. It’s work we are not use to but the visitors I think accept that.”

Saddle Rock will have a new entrance on the west side of the current Visitor’s Center on the sidewalk leading up Summit Road.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument will continue to be open daily with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The park grounds and trails are accessible from sunrise to sunset.

The park reminds the public that a valid park pass is required at all times.