Chimney Rock National Historic Site, in Nebraska can be seen from miles around. If you've ever wondered "Where did they go to get that photograph of Chimney Rock?" then following list of roads and locations will be helpful.
1. County Road 75 ( CR 75)
- CR 75 off of Hwy 92 outside of Bayard NE., offers maybe possibilities, for viewing and photography.
- The Settlers Trading Post, is a campground. You can see a windmill and Chimney Rock in the same scene.
- Stop anywhere on CR 75 to get different perspective shots.
- The Chimney Rock Visitor Center-you can get shots of Chimney Rock beside it or go into the visitor center to learn about Chimney Rock Historical Site.Once inside you can view and take photos from the fenced off area behind the center.
2. County Road 98 (CR 98)
- Drive south on CR 75 past the Visitor Center, turn west onto CR 98. This is a dirt/gravel road and it leads to Chimney Rock Cemetery. This area has several key vantage points for viewing and getting a great shot.
- Go into cemetery to view and take photos, with gravestones in the foreground.
- Walk west from the cemetery, to the ravine and frame your shot
- Walk north along the ravine and you can see a trail and Chimney Rock.
- During the summer months, this location offers many sunflowers to enhance your shot and viewing pleasure.
3. County Road 100 (CR 100)
- Go back to CR 75 and look for CR 100, you will be traveling north. CR 100 is before you get to Setter's Trading Post. CR 100 is dirt/gravel turn west.
- There is very little traffic on this road so just pull to side of the road and imagine what it was like to come across area by wagon train. Nebraska skies are often very complementary for those interested in photographing Chimney Rock.
- To keep power lines out of your shot, you can stop at the intersection of CR 73 and CR 100 there is a break in the fence line where you can get out of the vehicle, to get a cool shot.
- Follow CR 73 to Hwy 92, you can stop on this road to get various shots/views. Look for an old homestead on the west side CR 73.
4. County Road X ( CR X)
- From CR 73 Take Hwy 92 West until you reach CR X.
- Drive just a small distance on CR X, stop about mid curve to get a great landscape shot.
- Keep driving west on CR X, this road is dirt/gravel and is tree lined to the south. Look for an opening in the trees, park over to the side of road and get out of the vehicle. This will allow you to get the best view and photos of horses/cows in the pasture land in front of Chimney Rock.
- Continue driving down CR X until you reach CR 36. CR 36 is a Dead End going south, however there is a place to turn around. I would recommend a long lens for this shot. It's a really pretty view of Chimney Rock and the area. This is a great location to sit and reflect on how the early settlers viewed the area.
5. Oregon Trail Road
- Go north on CR 36, cross over Hwy 92 onto the Oregon Trail Road. This is also a dirt/gravel road.
- Chimney Rock will be visible to the south of Oregon Trail Road. There are many areas along this road that provide pleasant scenes of Chimney Rock.
- There are also numerous interesting trees to add spice to your photography and viewing.
- If you like horses, there are a few grazing pastures on this route. Beautiful horses, grazing with Chimney Rock in the background, it’s a marvelous sight.
Depending on what type of camera and lens you have, the preceding locations should provide you with abundant opportunities to see and take breath taking shots of Chimney Rock.
If you are planning on staying in the area over night, sunset views of Chimney Rock are beautiful. Chimney Rock is lit up at night, so for the star gazer and night time loving photographer, CR 75 will be a delight.