Stunning views like this one from the Scenic Overlook on the Bridges to Buttes Scenic Byway west of Fort Robinson make Northwest Nebraska an awe-inspiring place to live and visit.

Take the Scenic Route

One of Northwest Nebraska’s biggest assets is its scenery. Appropriately, the region is accessible by two of America’s specially-designated Scenic Byways. 

The 385 Gold Rush Scenic Byway traverses the 131 miles between Chadron and Sidney, taking visitors over the same terrain followed by miners seeking gold in the Black Hills. The discovery of gold and the failure of the Army to enforce a treaty reserving the Black Hills for the Sioux Indians led to the Gold Rush. During this time period in the late 1800s, it was common for $200,000 in gold shipments to travel over the Sidney-Deadwood Trail en route to the railroad. The 385 Gold Rush Byway follows a similar path through Nebraska, providing travelers panoramic views of national forests and unique geology. Stops along the way include interesting museums, such as the Dawes County Historical Museum, and outdoor recreational opportunities like Chadron State Park and the Ridgeview Country Club golf course. In the future, plans call for a portion of the 385 Gold Rush Byway to be expanded as part of the Heartland Expressway connecting South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado and the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor crossing the U.S. from Canada to Mexico. 

The Bridges to Buttes Scenic Byway carries visitors over the northern most portion of Central and Northwest Nebraska. After enjoying the views of the high bridges

Two scenic byways bring travelers to Northwest Nebraska, with its unique views and small towns full of charm.

near Valentine and the famous Nebraska Sandhills in central Nebraska, travelers can head west and find themselves gazing up at towering buttes of Northwest Nebraska that prove the state is anything but flat. The byway provides access to a frontier military post at Fort Robinson State Park, opportunities to learn more about Native American culture and early pioneers like Mari Sandoz and to travel further afield to explore prehistoric fossils at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Toadstool Geologic Park.  A portion of the Bridges to Buttes Scenic Byway between Fort Robinson and Hay Springs is also known as the Crazy Horse Memorial Highway, commemorating the memory of the Lakota warrior and chief who lived part of his life in Nebraska‚Äôs Pine Ridge region and fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse was killed at Fort Robinson 1877. The Cowboy Trail, a Rails-to-Trails project, parallels the Bridges to Buttes Byway, providing an opportunity for hikers and bikers to enjoy the same scenery at a slower pace. Plans to develop the trail fully in Northwest Nebraska are underway. 

Chadron Municipal Airport

Chadron Municipal Airport is located about five miles west of Chadron with service to Denver International Airport (DIA) and Alliance, NE (AIA) daily.

Boutique Air

Boutique Air is located in Chadron, Nebraska and provides daily flights nationwide, including Denver. Boutique Air operates a modern fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. 

Wahlstrom Ford

Wahlstrom Ford is located in Chadron, Nebraska and provides car rental services upon request. Phone number: 308-432-5533

Rapid City Regional Airport

Rapid City Regional Airport is located in Rapid City, SD, about 100 miles from Chadron.

Paris Fisher Auto Sales

Paris Fisher Auto Sales is located in Chadron, Nebraska, and offers SUVs, vans and cars for rent. Call 308-432-5999. 

Western Nebraska Regional Airport

Western Nebraska Regional Airport is located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, about 100 miles from Chadron.

City of Chadron Handibus

The City of Chadron operates one 12-passenger bus and wheelchair lift with two part-time drivers. This service provides free, donation-based transportation for the Chadron area. The Handibus runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. within the Chadron city limits. Call 308-432-0520 to arrange a ride or for more information.

City of Crawford Public Transportation

Crawford Public Transportation is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for local bus service with daily meal delivery for the aging. Weekly shopping trips to Chadron and transportation for medical appointments to Chadron, Scottsbluff and Rapid City on request. Call 308-665-1256 to arrange a ride or for more information.

Panhandle Trails – Intercity Public Transit

Panhandle Trails is an intercity bus service in the panhandle of Nebraska. Hop on one of the routes to catch a Greyhound Bus in Ogallala! There are four routes and several regional connections.