Scottsbluff, NE Activities Overview: Parks, Biking

By Anna Beth Blevins on June 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo Credit: Visit Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff is full of natural beauty and wide open spaces, and the city’s parks take advantage of that. The City of Scottsbluff Parks and Recreation Department maintains 23 parks that make up almost 300 acres.


Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area is both a nature center and wildlife reserve, but its biking opportunities are the real draw for cyclists. The park has 4 miles of hiking and biking trails, and the area overlooks the North Platte River Valley and Scotts Bluff National Monument offering great views and a great ride.


Locals and visitors love to sleep under the stars, and Riverside Campground is a great spot to pitch a tent. Located just behind Riverside Zoo, the campground offers access to fishing, as well as fire pits and firewood. Dogs will love the proximity to Riverside Dog Park, and kids will appreciate the playground.


Scottsbluff residents can pick from both indoor and outdoor pools at Splash Arena. The facility is used by school teams and classes, and the City Recreation Program has open swimming, lessons, laps, water-walking and other water exercise classes.

Other Activities

The Parks Department’s Recreation Division keeps Scottsbluff busy with community events like Movies in the Park, Harvest Night and an Easter Egg Hunt. This division also takes care of organizing the city’s adult softball leagues that play on Scottsbluff’s 11 lighted baseball and softball fields.


Learn more about Scottsbluff’s attractions.

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