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Panorama Point - Nebraska Highpoint, NE

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Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.001 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,424 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30 seconds
Interest Historic & Peak
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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14  2020-07-18 DixieFlyer
7  2018-01-03 Stoic
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 32
Routes 365
Photos 4,706
Trips 331 map ( 4,257 miles )
Age Male Gender
Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → Any
Seasons   Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:46am - 6:49pm
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Peakbagging Nebraska Style
by DixieFlyer

Overview
Panorama Point, which is 5,424 feet above sea level, is the highest point in the state of Nebraska. While the "summit" is basically a rise in a pasture, it is higher than the highest point in 30 other states.


History
According to the town of Kimball, NE (33 miles away), Panorama Point was deemed the Nebraska high point in October 1951 by Art Hendrickson and Claude Alden, who used a WWI altimeter to measure the elevation. The high point has since been verified by the U.S. government and been recognized by mapping companies. A marker at the site was installed by the Kimball-Banner Chamber of Commerce in 1971.

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Panorama Point is on private property, and there is a $3 per person fee payable in a box at the entrance to the property.

Hike
This is not a hike, per se; instead, you drive your vehicle right up to the high point. At the high point, there is a marker and a metal desk with a guest registration book, and visitors are asked to sign in. There are 360-degree views at Panorama Point in which you can enjoy the peacefulness of the great Nebraska Plains. If you have a keen eye, on a clear day you can look to the west and see the Rocky Mountains.

Warning
Panorama Point is on a working bison ranch and you may see some buffalo roaming around. Remember that buffalo are wild animals, so please use caution when around them. During the summer months, the buffalo are generally in a separate pasture from Panorama Point, although you may see them on your drive-in. It is probably OK to stop and take a picture of the buffalo, but it is uncool to approach them. Note that electric fences are used, so it is unwise to attempt to climb over or through a fence.

During the winter months, Panorama Point might be closed to visitors during periods of snow, or if buffalo are in the pasture that has the high point. Before going, it might be a good idea to contact the town of Kimball, NE to confirm that Panorama Point is open for visitors.

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2020-07-22 DixieFlyer
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    Panorama Point is in extreme southwest Nebraska and is about a mile from both Colorado and Wyoming. No matter which way you drive to Panorama Point, you will at some point be on some well-graded unpaved roads that any vehicle can drive on.

    To get to Panorama Point, you can go to these GPS coordinates: 41.00767, -104.03134. You can also click on "Get Directions" at the Visit Nebraska website.

    It might be helpful to view this map, which was emailed to the author of this guide by the town of Kimball, NE.
    page created by Stoic on Jul 22 2020 8:34 am
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