Scotts Bluff National Monument back open, minimal damage from storm

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) Even though some people are still stuck in their homes due to Wednesday and Thursday’s blizzard, the Scotts Bluff National Monument is back open for business. Because the storm blew away some signage, Superintendent Dan Morford wants to let everyone know about a temporary access point for one of the main trail heads.

With the plows still out clearing roads and highways, one staffer got stuck on her way into work. However, at 7:30am, with the sun barely even out, at least one ranger was scooping snow and clearing the parking lot at Scotts Bluff National Monument. They usually open at 8:00am but the park planned for a 10am late start.

All things considered, the blizzard didn’t do much damage to the park. A few of the temporary commodes were knocked over, and few signs blew away. The sun and wind helped clear the trails on the south side of the bluffs and rangers did their best on the rest.

Morford said that if folks get cabin fever, they are welcome to come out and enjoy the sunshine at the Monument this weekend, but he urges that visitors use caution. “The trail is snow packed, we ask that people do be careful if they choose to come out,” said the superintendent.

And, as some of the signage blew away, it can’t hurt to mention that there are some temporary changes to the Saddle Rock Trailhead due to construction. Morford said the trail will be on the west side of the visitor's center and then continue up along summit road, where it will cut off to the original path. “So people still have access to saddle rock trail with our construction project.”