Calendar of Events

Aug
25
Thu
5:00 pm Painting at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Painting at the Lake @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come out to Lake McConaughy for a night of art and relaxation August 24 and 25, led by new park naturalist, Alison Bleich! Paint from the scenery, paint from various example or come up with[...]
Aug
27
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Shop the selection of fresh produce and crafts under the shaded canopy at Rendezvous Square.  Saturday mornings 8-noon through the first weekend in October.
9:00 am Dog Tails on Lake Trails @ Lake Ogallala Modern Campground
Dog Tails on Lake Trails @ Lake Ogallala Modern Campground
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Fun Event! Bring your walking shoes and four-legged friend to the park for some outdoor fun. Trail hike will start at 9:30 a.m. Awards for Best Dog Trick, Cutest Puppy, Most Unique Dog Contests.  Opportunities[...]
Aug
31
Wed
6:45 am Bird Walk At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Bird Walk At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Aug 31 @ 6:45 am – 8:45 am
Bird Walk At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
The Lake McConaughy SRA is offering Bird Walks at Lake Ogallala during August and September.   All ages welcome, walks led by resident naturalist.  Meet at Lake McConaughy Visitors Center by 6:45 a.m. Bring comfortable[...]

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.