About Rose Hill's Peaceful Prairie
Gering, Nebraska: Pitch your tent in the field grass under beautiful old shade trees surrounding our communal fire ring. Wake up to the song of the Meadowlark and the rosy hue of a prairie dawn.
You will find your spirit awakened by the magic of this land featuring Oregon Trail era prairie and unique sandstone bluffs that were recorded as significant landmarks in the pioneer journals of people traveling on the Oregon Trail.
The campsite features a huge dead tree for seated meditation with a stunning view of Dome Rock, also a wonderful play spot for kids. There is also a swing set featuring both child and adult-sized seats. It is possible to hang a hammock in the camping area. The prairie is accessible by foot within a 5-minute walk from the campsite.
The camping site itself is on a homestead next to 200 acres of prairie bordering on the Scotts Bluff National Monument, a mere mile as the crow flies from Oregon Trail era ruts. Enjoy this natural setting of prairie grasses perfect for long walks. Jump the fence and legally enjoy hiking and climbing at varying degrees of challenge on the national park land which is part of the visual landscape of this site. It is illegal to climb Dome Rock, however one may hike to the bottom "rung" and enjoy the amazing view of the whole valley.
This land also features beautiful canyons full of berry trees, wildflowers, American sagebrush, yucca, cactus, a wide array of native prairie grasses and medicinal plants. Let the sweeping view expand your consciousness.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed
While a community fire is allowed at the campsite, no smoking or open flame of any kind is allowed on the Prairie
While allowed in the campsite, no glass containers of any kind are allowed on the prairie
No firearms allowed anywhere on the campsite or Prairie
Wildflowers exist on the prairie and should not be picked nor should stones or artifacts be removed
You are responsible for your own trash (leave nothing behind in the campsite or on the prairie)
All Federal and Nebraska state laws are recognized on this land
The campsite and prairie grounds are on uneven ground, step carefully
You are responsible for your own safety
Those who do not follow the site rules will be asked to leave immediately. Access involves an easy 5-minute walk on prairie grasses where there are no trails. Guests should wear appropriate shoes and long pants, as this is wild natural land where *snakes are not unheard of.
*A note about snakes and other wildlife:
While snakes 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 one. Should you encounter a 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 hurt the snake. If for some reason you are bitten, stay calm and immediately call 911. At the earliest possible time, please report any sightings and general location to the camp host.
Other wildlife seen in this area include: Meadowlark, Great Horned Owl, White Tailed Deer, Coyote, Opossum, Raccoon, Skunk, Badger, Fox, and a variety of birds of prey.
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. Coyotes are generally not interested in people, but do protect the boundaries of their territory. Pets are not allowed on the prairie specifically because of the risk posed by coyotes.
To book during the weekend of the August 21st Eclipse, see separate listing.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 15
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out