Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Chimney Rock is a 300-foot-tall natural landmark, a chimney-shaped pillar of sandstone which served as a landmark for the American pioneers heading west on the Oregon Trail. The sight of this monumental natural spire was welcome, for it meant that one-third of the journey west was done. In 1956 the site was designated a National Historic Site and it is owned and maintained by the Nebraska State Historical Society as well as by the National Park Service. What to see and do: The Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center, operated solely by the Nebraska State Historical Society, has exhibits detailing the history and significance of Chimney Rock, hands-on exhibits on packing wagons, a film on westward migration, a gift shop, and an area for viewing the rock. The site is handicapped-accessible. Museum hours are 9 AM to 5 PM. daily except for federal holidays between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
1.5 miles south of Highway 92 on Chimney Rock Road
- Bayard, NE 69334
- 41.71651700, -103.32558400
- Visit Website
- (308) 586-2581