Calendar of Events

Mar
30
Thu
5:00 pm Take A Walk In The Park Day
Take A Walk In The Park Day
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm
Take a Walk in the Park Day Help celebrate national “Take a Walk in the Park Day” out at the Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 pm.  Bring your family and friends out for[...]
Mar
31
Fri
7:00 pm Ash Hollow Star Party
Ash Hollow Star Party
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be hosting a “Star Party” at Ash Hollow State Historical Park on Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm. Follow the road up the hill towards the visitor’s center, and[...]
May
17
Wed
5:00 pm Let’s Talk Trees
Let’s Talk Trees
May 17 @ 5:00 pm
Let’s Talk Trees Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalist for a walk at the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 pm.  We will discuss the trees that grow around the lake[...]

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.