Scottsbluff, NE Attractions Overview: Zoo, Monuments
Best known as the home of Scotts Bluff National Monument, there is plenty to see in the Scottsbluff area.
Riverside Discovery Center
Riverside Discovery Center brings fun and education together with a zoo, children’s museum and natural history museum.
At Riverside Zoo, wildlife from all over the world and native species can be found at the center’s most popular area. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, this family-friendly zoo hosts more than 45,000 people each year.
Children can cool off during the hot summer months in the new splash pad with fun water features designed to help beat the heat.
The zoo is more than a habitat for animals, it's also a great spot for plants. Riverside Zoo is a Statewide Arboretum with botanical gardens, numerous trees and an annual iris walk.
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Located less than an hour from Scottsbluff in Harris, the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is a 3,000-acre space with a preserved prairie and beds full of 19.2-million-year-old Miocene epoch mammal fossils. Once part of Jame H. Cook’s Agate Springs Ranch, the fossils share a home with Cook’s collection of American Indian artifacts. The ranch served as a haven for Native American visitors, and Cook’s hospitality earned him presents from his guests. From prehistoric to only a few centuries ago, the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument can give visitors two different history lessons.
The landmark that pioneers documented the most during their journeys is just a little over 30 minutes away from Scottsbluff.
Chimney Rock, rising 300 feet above onlookers and recognizable by its tall pillar, was viewed by almost half a million travelers heading west. While pioneers once carved their names in the rock's soft clay, today visitors can take a tour of the landmark. Family-friendly activities await young explorers, and the site is open year round.
Read more about Scottsbluff’s other Oregon Trail landmark, Scotts Bluff National Monument.