Nebraska High Point - Panorama Point (Elevation 5,424 Feet)
Photos of Panorama Point and the Colorado / Wyoming / Nebraska Tri-State Marker - October 16, 2008
Panorama Point, the highest point in Nebraska, is located southwest of Bushnell, NE in the
southwestern corner of Kimball County. In fact, less than one mile away is the marker for
the meeting point of the states of Colorado,
Wyoming and Nebraska.
I recently endured challenging hikes to the high points in
North Dakota and
South Dakota, and so
it was refreshing to drive to Panorama Point. This is not to say this spot
is any less special or beautiful than the others. Panorama Point
is indeed a mere rolling hill on the vast plains, but the views in all directions were wonderful.
Directions: I included a map in the photo gallery.
Click the photo to see it at a larger size and print it. You can also obtain a map
by stopping by the Kimball County Chamber of Commerce in Kimball, Nebraska. The most common
route is to travel south from Bushnell for ten miles. (The map reads 12.6 miles south of Bushnell,
but it is only 10 miles. It is the only mistake I noticed on the map.) This is followed by a few zig zags on more gravel roads to the entrance.
||The Nebraska High Point wins the award for having the most enthusiastic and
supportive community for their high point. I was greeted by a friendly woman
(the same woman in the video below) at the Kimball County Chamber of Commerce.
The map I received was extremely helpful.
|Various photos of Nebraska scenery as I traveled south of Bushnell.
I was mindful of my past visit to Nebraska last year.
Andrea and I spent a day in central Nebraska (near Kearney)
and came up with a decent page of photos and a video.
You can see it here: Nebraska Photos.
|Panorama Point is located on a privately owned
buffalo ranch. A $3 per person fee is required before entering the lands.
You will cross over this cattle guard (or should I call it a "buffalo guard?")
and the dirt road will lead you approximately 0.3 miles to the high point.
|There it is!
Panorama Point sits at an elevation of 5,424 feet. This is far from any kind of
mountain peak experience,
but keep in mind this spot is higher than Denver,
a mere 5,280 feet. ;)
||It was so nice to be there. I smoked a cigar to celebrate! :)
Some of my other high point visits:
Florida High Point
Colorado High Point
Connecticut High Point
Pennsylvania High Point
Maryland High Point
West Virginia High Point
Arkansas High Point
Iowa High Point
Missouri High Point
Wisconsin High Point
North Dakota High Point
South Dakota High Point
|Four photos showing the views from the high point.
THIRD PHOTO: If you click the photo to view it at a larger size, you might notice a darker area with fence posts surrounding
it in the center of the background. That is the point where the states of Colorado,
Wyoming and Nebraska meet. Although it is a short hike, you would be walking
on a private buffalo ranch, and visitors are instructed
not to go out there. To reach the tri-state marker,
follow your map by driving south into Colorado, then west,
then back north toward the CO/WY border. The dirt road is on the right
just before the pavement begins.
FOURTH PHOTO: A large wind farm, located in Colorado.
||Like I said, this is a buffalo ranch. No buffaloes were in the vicinity during my visit,
but uhhhhh, they left their presence for me. :)
Visiting these kinds of markers is fun.
|Another view of the marker. It was easy to picture the three states meeting
because the fenced-in land was the quadrant for the southeastern corner of Wyoming.
|A plaque at the marker.
|One photo of myself.
My butt and much of my body was hanging over in Nebraska,
my right leg was in Wyoming and my left leg dangled in Colorado. How about that? :)
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