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Chimney Rock National Historic Site

 Photograph of Chimney Rock

Discover one of the wonders of the West.

Feel the awe and curiosity the pioneers experienced when they saw the most famous landmark on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. The Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center houses museum exhibits, a hands-on opportunity to "pack your wagon," and a video presentation that tells the story of the great migration West. A large inventory of books on western and trail history is available for purchase at the Chimney Rock Visitor Center.

Video courtesy David Bott,

Sunday Afternoon at The Rock 2014
An educational series presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society..

More Information on Chimney Rock National Historic Site.


 Visitor Hours: 9:00-5:00 daily
Open Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day
Closed all state holidays in the off season and Easter

Closed all state holidays in the off season.

Special Events:

Chimney Rock

Ethel & Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center at Chimney Rock National Historic Site, located 1.5 miles south of Highway 92 on Chimney Rock Road., Bayard, NE.


Visitor's Center:

Visitors Center


1.5 miles south of Highway 92 on Chimney Rock Road

Maps to Visitor's Center

Brochure (pdf)

Chimney Rock Landmark Store


"Load the Wagon"
Children's Activity
Children decide what to take on the trip. A red light comes on when the wagon is overloaded.

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$3 for adults; children 18 and under and school groups are free.
Admission fees are waived for NSHS members.
National Park Service Pass Card holders: $2.00.
Adult groups of 20 or more: $2.00 per person.

Days & events admission is waived

Bayard Pioneer Days (Saturday and Sunday), Summer.
Christmas on the Prairie, generally first Saturday in December.
Sunday Afternoon at the Rock lecture series, 6 Sundays in February and March.
Blue Star program for active military families.

Group Tours:

Tours are available year round.
Group rates available.
Please call ahead to make reservations.

Mailing address:

Chimney Rock National Historic Site
PO Box F
Bayard, NE 69334-0680




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Last updated 31 October 2011


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