Book with us and discover why Hipcamp named our property the best Hipcamp to Visit in Nebraska in 2022!
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 B
Book with us and discover why Hipcamp named our property the best Hipcamp to Visit in Nebraska in 2022!
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.
Summer days can be hot, but evenings do cool off, offering a glorious relief from approximately 6 p.m., until 9 -10 a.m., which is optimal hiking time. Our check in time is 6 p.m. in July and August for this reason; however, if you arrive early, we recommend you visit the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor's Center, and or Legacy of the Plains Museum. Both are located 3-4 miles from our campsites, right next to each other. Google will get you there. The Gering Swimming Pool is also a wonderful option, especially for families, reasonably priced, and also located only 3 miles away.
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 6 p.m. and before darkness. Earlier arrivals can be accommodated on a case basis, if we are able; however, we do not recommend this in July and August, when it doesn't cool off until 6 p.m.. 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 6PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- 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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Loved camping on the property. Had lots of space and great views, and the host had a lot of history of the region. Also enjoyed learning about the farming and irrigation practices in other parts of the world.
Beautiful scenery and historic area
Excellent hipcamp. Lisa met us on arrival to fill us in on the details and let us know about campsite options, and was available for other questions during our stay. We spent two nights camping, a beautiful site, with the golden pasture to the North, extending to the base of Scotts Bluff National Monument, and the verdant green of the crops growing in the valley to the South, extending for miles to the next set of bluffs. Walking distance to Scotts Bluff National Monument (the property abuts the Monument grounds), and also to the preserved Robidoux Store, a stop for immigrants on the Oregon and California Trails to resupply for their trip. Beautiful scenery and history, I wish we would have had a couple more nights in our stay to explore more museums and historic sites in the area, as well as hike and explore the bluffs some more. My son even got off of his phone to watch the sunset light up the bluffs, and wait for the stars to come out. Unfortunately, we had to head on in our tour, but I hope that we're able to get back and enjoy this property some more. Very highly recommended.
Camping with a vintage trailer
Loved the quiet secluded spot. Lisa is a wonderful host and helped me find a great spot to swim during a heat wave. She shared interesting information about the area, the farm and things to do. I visited the Legacy of the Plains museum and took a scenic drive through the bluffs. An amazing spot if only for a night!
I did like the ranch land near the scenic bluffs and down the valley. If you want to camp here, bring your own water and camp toilet (if you're older). We were near trees and storms can be fierce, so tie all down securely. The 2 older and gentle horses can be moved to an adjacent pasture, which Lisa did for us without complaint. She is a pleasant host. For no amenities, I think it's a bit expensive, but overall enjoyed the land and sky and bluffs very much.
Stopped by as a last minute stay over as we were traveling cross country and needed a place to sleep for the night. Lisa could not have been more hospitable or helpful. She was immediately responsive to all messaging and we felt super comfortable about the whole vibe. Waking up at sunrise to the bluffs right in front of our camper was incredible. It truly was peaceful and we had an excellent night’s rest. I would highly recommend.
What a lovely couple. They let us check in early, but then, as "city slickers," we managed to get our car stuck (our fault) and they actually went and bought a tow chain and pulled us out of the rut. I went running in the mid-morning with Frank. Lisa gave the kiddos a terrific lesson on rattlesnakes. She also accommodated us by giving my kiddos a 7a lesson on chickens before beginning her morning routine at 7:30. Lisa also gave the kids a bag of horse treats, so the kiddos spent a decent amount of time feeding the horses. And they live just 5 minutes from civilization, so you can get a bite to eat in town or restock your supplies. There's no shade, but beautiful views!!!