Gering, Nebraska: Pitch your tent in the location of your choice on 200 acres of private land bordering the stunning Scotts Bluff National Monument. The land features a canyon and Oregon Trail era prairie, home to a wide variety of wildlife.
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 unique sandstone bluffs that were recorded as significant landmarks in the pioneer journals of people traveling on the Oregon Trail.
IMPORTANT: This primitive camping area provides fresh water from a localized well. Campfires on the prairie are not allowed and this is ABSOLUTELY NON NEGOTIABLE. No open flames or fires are allowed anywhere on the prairie at any time of the year. A communal fire pit is available at base camp, and a propane grill is available for campers' use.
Hikers may jump the fence and legally enjoy hiking and climbing at varying degrees of challenge on the national park land which belongs to the people of the United States, and 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 pets allowed.
No open flame or fire of any kind is allowed in the prairie area, however, a communal fire ring is accessible in the tent camping area near home base.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed
While allowed in the base camp sites, no glass containers of any kind are allowed on the prairie
No firearms allowed anywhere on the base campsites 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
Note: 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.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out