Scotts Bluff National Monument Closes the Saddle Rock Trail due to Rock Slide

Staff Writer

GERING - Saddle Rock Trail will be closed indefinitely while park employees and experts assess the situation.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, a rock slide occurred on the southwest facing side of Scotts Bluff. It is estimated that 25,000 – 30,000 tons of rock fell on Saddle Rock Trail, covering it up to six feet deep. Additionally, the slide occurred directly under a portion of an upper section of trail, leaving it undercut and supported only by a layer of volcanic ash which could also fail. At this time the Saddle Rock Trail is closed indefinitely while the park assesses the situation and consults an expert(s).

Visitors may walk portions of the trail at the bottom and at the top. Barricades have been placed on the trail approximately .75 miles from the Visitor Center and .25 miles from the summit parking lot at the cement steps to keep people safely away from the slide area. Please do not walk around these barricades.

The slide can be viewed from the summit parking lot, the county highway, and the Prairie View Trail.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The summit road remains open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All Monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset. Please inquire about the Scotts Bluff National Monument Annual Pass valid for one year from the purchase date. Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at http://www.nps.gov/scbl/index.htm or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps.

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