While the Nebraska Panhandle isn’t talked about very often, it features a wealth of natural beauty. Once famous for its stops along the Oregon Trail, this area attracts thousands of travelers every summer to check out Fort Robinson State Park, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and Chimney Rock. There are lots of seasonal campers in Scottsbluff who own their RVs. If you don’t own, you can travel here and rent one in the area to simplify your vacation.
Nebraska has cold winters and hot summers, but many of the RV parks in Scottsbluff offer year-round accommodations. You will enjoy this area if you are looking for some peace and quiet because many of the following campgrounds have less than 20 campsites.
This is truly one of the most unique campgrounds near Scottsbluff, Nebraska. During the offseason, between October and May, it becomes a wildlife refuge for migratory birds. It is also home to Nebraska’s only full-sized lighthouse.
This is the campground for you if you are traveling through Nebraska and are looking for a waterside adventure. This park is the home of the largest body of water in the state, Lake Minatare. Furthermore, the park is perfect if you want to enjoy all that Scottsbluff has to offer because the city’s downtown is just a short drive away.
“We just returned home from Nebraska, stayed at Lake Minatare in Minatare, NE it was a nice State Park with only 30 amp electric. The park was clean, with clean bathrooms and showers. Also had a laundry facility.” – mtwigg99, Campground Reviews
This city-owned campground is in the heart of Scottsbluff, giving you access to everything the city has to offer via the Monument Valley Pathway. There is also plenty to do on-site, including paying a visit to the camp’s zoo. If you want some outdoor adventure, there are multiple hiking and nature trails nearby.
If you want to experience everything the Nebraska Panhandle has to offer, you can camp in the heart of its biggest city, Scottsbluff. It’s hard to believe that you are in a city when you’re at this picturesque city park. Play a round at the disc golf course or go fishing in the pond during your stay to pass the time. You’ll fall in love with this Scottsbluff campground.
“A great city-owned campground in a city park that includes a zoo. Level gravel pads surrounded by grass. Nice picnic tables and fire rings with free firewood delivered by some of the nicest camp hosts ever!” – LMH, RV Park Reviews
If you aren’t familiar with this campground, you may remember it from its original name, Route 26 Campground. The park has recently gone under new ownership and a total rebranding. As you will see, ownership has made some great changes to this Scottsbluff, Nebraska, campground.
This campground gives travelers easy access to both the Platte River and Lake Minatare, so it’s great if you are looking for outdoor attractions near your campsite. The wooded area near the campground is filled with mature trees thanks to preservation efforts in the area. There are some pavilions on the grounds, but you can bring your own cover or shade as long as it is properly anchored.
“Love love love the staff! Lots of room for dog walking and bike rides. Will definitely be back!!! We camped at Captain Critters Country Campground (formerly Route 26 Campground) in a Travel Trailer.” – Jeri, RV Park Reviews
This is one of the cleanest and best-kept RV parks in the Scottsbluff, Nebraska, area. Offering a lot of space, this campground can accommodate you and your traveling party regardless of its size. Most people stay here because of its close proximity to Scotts Bluff National Monument.
This campground has huge spots that are big enough to fit a large RV and a towed trailer. The spots and grounds make it a great place for family reunions and huge gatherings. On top of all this, it’s just down the road form the number-one attraction in the area, Scotts Bluff National Monument.
“Found this gem of a campground and we were delighted with our campsite. Plenty of space between campers, paved roads with concrete pads, full hookups, pull through and back-ins. The grounds are landscaped and the grass is pretty and green. Super easy check-in and friendly staff. So glad we found this place. Very close to Scotts Bluff National Monument.” – Dedra, RV Park Reviews
This campground is truly off the beaten path. In fact, it’s so far off the beaten path that it may not be on the path at all. Because of this, it provides a peaceful and serene camping experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Stay here if you are looking to camp just like a Wild West settler. This campground only offers 10 well-spaced sites, so you know you are going to get peace and quiet while you camp. Just a few miles down the highway, you’ll find Scottsbluff and Scotts Bluff National Monument.
“It is small but clean, with awesome views all around. We were the only ones there. The night was beautiful – very quiet with a beautiful starry sky. We thought the feeling might be a little like that of the early pioneers that passed this way but without the hardships. We loved it.” – hwybnb, RV Park Reviews
Bayard is just 20 miles down the highway from Scotts Bluff National Park, so this campground is ideal if you are looking for an affordable place to stay for a night near a top attraction. There are no amenities to speak of, but the campground does offer water and electric hookups. There is no staff for check-in, so come and go as you please as long as one of the three spots is available.
This is a great place to stay as a one-night stop off if you are on the move through Nebraska. It doesn’t offer much in the way of amenities, but there is a full power hookup. There are only three spots total at one end of the park, so it is a quiet place to camp.
“This was a great spot to spend the night. There are 3 campsites at the far east end of the park nearest 11th street. They are free for the first 2 nights, then $10 for additional nights. There is no check-in, no staff. They have water and electric.” – dsvy, RV Park Reviews
Chimney Rock Pioneer Crossing is one of the best Scottsbluff-area campsites if you are on the hunt for great views. Obvious from the name, the campground gives campers direct access to the Chimney Rock natural landmark via a walking trail. This view is only matched by the stars in the night sky.
If you want to experience the Oregon Trail the way the first settlers first experienced it, you are going to pass through Bayard. Here, you can see Chimney Rock as you camp under the stars for a one-night stay. The property is also perfect if you’re looking for a long-term RV park near Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
“The best place to stay if you are visiting Scotts Bluff Monument, Jail House & Court House Rocks – and the area in general. Clean, Quiet and the landscape is out of this world. Every morning you wake up to Chimney Rock…An A+ to the RV Camping places to stay.” – Jennie, Facebook Review
About 90 miles north of Scottsbluff sits the most popular state park in Nebraska, Fort Robinson State Park. This resort-like campground serves anyone looking to take advantage of the Pine Ridge region. Camp here and explore over 22,000 acres of well-preserved grounds.
You’ll love staying here if you want a great place to relax when you are done exploring the Pine Ridge region of Western Nebraska. This campground gives you unparalleled access to the state park with a bevy of modern amenities to take advantage of while you are taking breaks in between. The park offers some of the best RV camping near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Western Nebraska overall.
“This is a historically interesting very large State Park. We stayed in the Soldier Creek electric only section in a very large grassy and treed spot. Sites are paved and mostly level. The grassy area was muddy due to nightly thunderstorms. The electric tower was conveniently-placed and worked well.” – bbmidwife, RV Park Reviews
This city campground in Northwestern Nebraska is simple and easy to access. There isn’t much of a staff at this city-run campground. Because of this, residents pay for their stay based on the honor system.
This is a great place to stay when you are traveling west through Nebraska. Located across from City Hall, it gives you access to everything Hay Springs has to offer while being just a short drive from all the natural beauty of Western Nebraska. During your stay, check out the nearby cemetery, which is home to some very interesting tombstones.
“We camped here in a 27′ Class A. There were water and sewer hook-ups on site. The City of Hay Springs owns this campground and charges a whopping $10/night for a spot. Just roll by the unattended office, drop your payment in the envelope and through the slot. It is truly the honor system!” – Hugh, TripAdvisor
High Plains Homestead is just down the road from Fort Robinson State Park, making it a great place to stay for tourists. It also has its own western charm that surrounds the small, peaceful park. There are just a few spots, so call ahead to make reservations.
High Plains offers travelers a remote retreat with a stark Western feel. The motto here is “Out of the way and out of the ordinary,” and nothing could be truer. This is probably why so many people choose to have their Western-themed weddings and other events here.
“he last night of our vacation couldn’t have been better! We stayed in the cabin, and it was a home away from home. All of the furnishings were awesome to look at and read about. Dinner was delicious, the ribs and chicken and dessert… Breakfast in the morning was also good!” – Jen, Facebook Review
These are just a few of the best parks that Western Nebraska has to offer. The area has a great history when it comes to the Wild West and the settlers who helped create the region. Since the accommodations are rustic enough to harken back to the dawn of the American West, you can get some of the same experiences as Oregon Trail travelers. Whether you rent or buy from an RV dealer, you can find the perfect place to say for a night or an entire summer. This is the perfect place to start off your Nebraska RV road trip.
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