Pawnee National Grassland

Pawnee National Grassland near Greeley
Coyotes are among the wildlife at the Pawnee National Grassland. | Photo by Pat Gaines / flickr

Staff writer

The Pawnee National Grassland is located in the South Platte River basin in a remote area of Weld County between Greeley and Sterling. It includes 193,060 acres between Colorado 14 and the Wyoming border.

The grassland was withdrawn from farming after the Dust Bowl.

It contains several hiking trails, including one allowing access on foot to the Pawnee Buttes, the grassland’s most visible geologic feature. Bird watching is a popular recreational activity, especially at the Chalk Bluffs, a raptor nesting site.

Camping is available at the Crow Valley Recreation Area northwest of Briggsdale.

Pawnee National Grassland Office
660 O Street
Greeley CO 80631
(970) 346-5000