Calendar of Events

Feb
25
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Feb 25 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]
2:00 pm Winter Bird Walk
Winter Bird Walk
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm
Winter Bird Walk at Lake Ogallala Saturday, February 25th at 2pm Everyone is invited to  come out and observe birds with the Park Naturalist! We will meet at the trail in the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground.[...]
Feb
26
Sun
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Feb 26 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]
Mar
4
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]

Ash Hollow

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Photo courtesy Visit Garden County

Ash Hollow State Historical Park near the west end of Lake McConaughy in Garden County is one of Nebraska’s most intriguing state parks. A modern interpretive center interprets the area’s geology, paleontology, prehistoric history and use by native American Indians, the military, and 19th Century explorers and pioneers. Ash Hollow Cave shows evidence of use of the area by prehistoric man as many as 6,000 years ago. More than 30 million years of geologic history and fossils of prehistoric mammals including rhinoceros and mastodons can be examined at the park. Ash Hollow was a stopping point for Plains Indians, a site of U.S. troop maneuvers and a place for shelter and water on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. Ruts are still visible at Windlass Hill where wagons were lowered into the valley. In 1835 it was the site of a battle between the Sioux and Pawnee and in 1855 was the site of one of the largest engagements between Native Americans and the white man.

Since 1993, a volunteer crew of nearly 100 local residents have staged the annual Ash Hollow Pageant at the park. The event is staged each June at the very site where pioneers stopped to rest at a fresh water spring, against the backdrop of the limestone cliffs. The pageant features live music, a chuck wagon supper, and a script drawn from actual trail diaries and histories.

Learn more about Garden County at VisitGardenCounty.com.