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