Scotts Bluff National Monument, a towering beacon of sandstone splits the western blue skies over Gering. Historians know little about Hiram Scott, the fur trapper who died in 1828 near the bluff that came to bear his name, folks around here call it "The Monument" a name as matter of fact as it's Indian name, Ma-a-pa-te, which means "hill that is hard to go around". The Monument is one of many destinations for outdoor recreation of all kinds; the Wildcat Hills Nature Center and Platte River Basin Environments are 20,000 acres of trails open space lands for hiking, biking, hunting and fishing.
Gering's Monument Shadows Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole public course enhanced by outstanding views of Scotts Bluff National Monument. Nearby is Legacy of the Plains Museum; pioneering new experiences in agriculture and where the Oregon Trail spirit is alive and well.