Nominated Best Hipcamp to visit in Nebraska in 2021 and nominated for 2022 (voting ends December 15th!)
Though we are two miles from highway 71 outside of Gering, Nebraska, we are a WORLD away on our own peaceful prairie! Pitch your tent, park your van or pop up camper directly on the prairie and enjoy 200 acres of seclusion on the backside of the stunning Scotts Blu
Nominated Best Hipcamp to visit in Nebraska in 2021 and nominated for 2022 (voting ends December 15th!)
Though we are two miles from highway 71 outside of Gering, Nebraska, we are a WORLD away on our own peaceful prairie! Pitch your tent, park your van or pop up camper directly on the prairie and enjoy 200 acres of seclusion on the backside of the stunning Scotts Bluff National Monument. NOTE: Pull behind trailers, please book the RV site.
You've never seen anything quite like the private view you will wake up to! The land features a wind and water cut canyon and Oregon Trail era prairie, home to a wide variety of wildlife. You could stay several days and not do the same hike twice.
Our site is exactly five miles from the heart of downtown Gering. You can drive 5 minutes into town and have a great breakfast and delicious specialty coffee at The Mixing Bowl, sit outside on the patio with a drink and eat a truly memorable prime rib at The Union, fill a prescription at USave Pharmacy, get groceries at Fresh Foods, gas up, and even visit the world-class Legacy of the Plains Museum in a mere 3-mile drive from your campsite.
But why leave your campsite?
Wake up to the song of the Meadowlark and the rosy hue of a prairie dawn. Make breakfast with fresh eggs from Lisa and Frank's clucks and slowly take in the beauty surrounding you.
On this land, you will find your spirit invigorated by the unique bluff formations immortalized in the journals of the pioneers as they passed through on the Oregon Trail. Friendly senior horses Tigger and Kit will make you feel welcome, while a gorgeous herd of curious cows munch peacefully in a nearby pasture. In the evenings, you will likely be treated to the song of the coyote at dusk.
This primitive camping area provides delicious, fresh water from a localized well. Fill up as much as you like! There is also a well-serviced porta potty available for your use (May - September only). An outdoor shower is available in a shady oasis at the meet and greet site that features a hammock to relax in.
Tabletop propane cook stoves are welcome. It can be dry here, so campfires are only allowed if the conditions are safe, and ONLY in fire pits provided. There is no smoking of cigarettes or pipes, use of candles, or other open flames allowed anywhere on the prairie at any time of the year. Ask Lisa on the day you arrive whether conditions are safe for a campfire.
In addition to the canyon and vast prairie on the property, you may enjoy mountain biking, hiking and climbing at varying degrees of challenge. Additional hiking is easily accessible on national park land which belongs to the people of the United States, and is part of the visual landscape of this site. It is prohibited to climb Dome Rock, however one may hike to the bottom "rung" and enjoy a stunning view of the whole valley. This land is also the perfect place to fly a kite.
Depending on when you are here, you'll see berry trees, wildflowers, American sagebrush, yucca, cactus, wild catnip, and a wide array of native prairie grasses and medicinal plants.
We are inclusive. No matter who you are. No matter the color of your skin. No matter who you love. All people are welcome here.
Check in is from 4 p.m. until dark. Earlier arrivals can be accommodated on a case basis, if we are able. Please note: we do not accept after dark arrivals to the prairie due to safety reasons.
Only one vehicle is allowed per site. Additional vehicles must book separately.
IMPORTANT: If you are pulling a trailer please book one of our RV Sites. The prairie is delicate and cannot accommodate pull behind trailers.
Pets are allowed only by special permission, with dogs on leash at all times (especially when you arrive, since we have chickens). Inquire with the host before booking with your pet. Off Leash Pets are not advisable on the prairie specifically because of the risk posed by coyotes, who enjoy a tasty canine treat if the opportunity presents itself.
Prepare to pack in and out with your trash. A trash receptacle is available at the base camp for your use. Please leave only footprints behind when you leave.
No firearms allowed anywhere on the property.
Wildflowers exist on the prairie and should not be picked nor should stones, bones or artifacts be removed. Likewise, wildlife homes are evident on the land in the form of burrows or holes in the sides of the canyon. It is extremely dangerous to investigate these holes, for they are another beast's home, and tragedy may result.
All Federal and Nebraska state laws are recognized on this land.
Note: Those who do not follow the site rules will be asked to leave immediately.
IMPORTANT AND HELPFUL GUIDELINES
If you're not sure about hiking, Frank and Lisa will help you to find the right hike for you.
Guests should wear appropriate shoes and long pants, as this is wild natural land where *rattlesnakes are not unheard of.
*A note about snakes and other wildlife: While they are mostly seen in the canyon, on the rock hills, sometimes on the road near and around our corral area, it is not likely you will see a snake. Should you encounter any snake on the prairie: Slowly back away and exit the area. Under no circumstances should you approach the snake, follow the snake, or try to tease or hurt the snake. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, stay calm and immediately call 911, then call Lisa. At the earliest possible time, please report any rattlesnake sightings and general location to the camp host.
Other wildlife seen in this area include: Meadowlark, Great Horned Owl, Mule Deer, Coyote, Opossum, Raccoon, Skunk, Honey Badger, Fox, and a variety of birds of prey.
Coyotes are generally not interested in people, but do protect the boundaries of their territory if they have a den of pups nearby. If you encounter a coyote: Stand your ground and make yourself as large as possible. Slowly back away from the animal while making a menacing sound. Do not run nor turn your back on the animal.
Book with us! We'd love to meet you.
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 3PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Peaceful Prairie Campsites in Nebraska.
We can't exactly call them mountains. They are Bluffs, huge rock formations you can climb. The bluffs were significant landmark...Read more
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Booked this stay last minute coming through Scottsbluff on a cross country road trip. The hosts were incredible and were so kind to take me in with such short notice. The campsite is in an enclosed pasture overlooking some really cool bluffs! Amazing sunset, even better sunrise, such a great spot to stop to rest and regroup. The stars were incredible, especially since there is zerooo light pollution. The owners have two very sweet horses that may come up and say hello in the morning! I felt very safe and comfortable. Would definitely recommend!
Must see in western nebraska
Awesome! Lisa and Frank and their two dogs (Charlie and Cyrus) were super friendly and greeted me upon arrival, showed me to the campsite, and recommended hiking trails at the nearby bluffs. I climbed the closest bluff in the morning at sunrise--doable but a tough scramble. Probably about a 1.5 hour hike from the camp (distances are deceiving here!). Great views of the surrounding landscape from topside, unlike anything I've seen back East. Highly recommend!
LOVED this place!! Lisa and Frank are very communicative and welcomed us upon arrival to show us the perfect camp spot on their beautiful bit of the prairie. Nestled below Scott’s bluff and surrounding monuments, starry skies, and beautiful terrain—a perfect off the beaten track stay! Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!
Well worth visiting
It was such a beautiful rural location we wished we could have stayed longer. We hiked up Scottsbluff and around their land. Lisa was very helpful and spent time showing us around. The portapotty was very clean and odorless. Better than many campground restrooms. They plan to make more improvements to the camping area.
Beautiful, secluded place to camp. It is a great experience from hiking the national monument with no one in sight to feeding the horses to the gorgeous sunsets. Highly recommended!
A peaceful, profound experience!
I stayed 3 nights on the prairie and it was beautiful! The cows and horses added to what I have to call a spiritual experience. I had to keep reminding myself how incredibly lucky I was to have the stunning vista of prairie and bluffs all to myself. While I was there, I read Hard Road West by Keith Heyer Meldahl, a geologist who writes about deep time while weaving together the pioneer experience. Pioneers passed right through here! He begins by writing about how we are all star dust. Land and humans are all made up of the same celestial elements. Always have been and always will be. Lisa is completely in touch with her land, and her own 'star dust' ! She is generous in sharing its peaceful beauty. I am very grateful for her willingness to share. A real treasure.
Lisa and Frank are friendly, thoughtful, responsive hosts. Frank guided us to a nice flat spot for our teardrop. Vast landscape with cool rock bluff formations. Stunning sunset. Flower decor in the porta potty! Very private.
Majestic prairie/friendly animals
The Peaceful Prairie is a wonderful camping spot. Lisa and Frank were great hosts with quick response times to questions, helpful recommendations, and a thorough meet and greet to make sure we were comfortable staying on their land. We enjoyed the curious cows and friendly horses (Tigger and Kit). We will definitely be back!
We had a wonderful stay at Rose Hill and would definitely go back if we are ever in the area. Lisa was a great communicator throughout our booking and after. There is great access to Scott’sBluff National Monument which is visible from the pasture. There were friendly horses that hung around our camper. The skies were amazing!