On Saturday morning, Kyle and I did something silly and fun that we’d never done before.
We started our next wish list; visiting every US state high point! Though I’ve climbed numerous peaks in Colorado, I’ve never actually climbed Colorado’s high point (Mt. Elbert). Nor have I hiked to the Wisconsin high point (Timms Hill) in the 21 years that I lived there! In fact, neither of us had EVER done a high point before! This is pretty exciting stuff, guys.
The closest high point to us (since we’re in Greeley) is the Nebraska high point. It’s so close to Colorado, we didn’t even know we’d crossed the state line to get there! And at only 5,424′, Panorama Point only just rises above the prairie.
Located on a privately owned bison ranch, Panorama Point has been made accessible to the public through a $3/person fee. I imagine these fees go to maintaining the dirt road that goes all the way to the monument. (Nope, no hiking involved for this high point! Anyone can go there as it’s 100% accessible by car.)
It was only a 1.5 hour drive for us, and a beautiful one across the prairie. The last 15 miles were on gravel roads, which should be accessible by any normal car. (I don’t recommend taking your fancy sports car to this one, kids!)
We had fun setting my camera’s self timer and posing on the monument for pictures. It was a gorgeous monument with wonderful views and all within close proximity of the herd of bison. (Not wild, but still fun!) There was even a “summit register” which we happily signed.
We greatly enjoyed the relaxing drive and the silly stop at Nebraska’s high point. Now to figure out which one is next!