This historic landmark signalled the end of the prairies to settlers traveling the Oregon and California trails. A good view is available from the state roadside park on Hwy 92. The site is especially scenic at night, when the rock is illuminated from dusk to around 10:30. The site is adminstered by the Nebraska State Historical Society which operates the Ethel and Christopher J. Abbot Visitor Center at the Chimney Rock National Historic Site. The Visitor Center features museum exhibits explaining the westward migration of the nineteenth century and the significant role Chimney Rock had in the memories of those who traveled the trails west.
The site is 3.5 miles SW of Bayard near the junction of Highways 26 and 92.