Area Status: Open
The Pawnee Buttes are located in the northeast corner of Weld County, Colorado, approximately 13 miles south of the Wyoming border. A predominant geologic feature within the Pawnee National Grassland, the Buttes rise 300 feet above the prairie.
A 1.5 mile trail leads hikers to the first Butte. The second Butte is on private land but may be accessed unless otherwise posted. If there is a gate, leave it the same way you found it. As the rock is crumbling sandstone, climbing on the Buttes is not recommended.
Take a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water, as temperatures may top one hundred degrees in July and August.
Please do not disturb any hawks and falcons nesting in the rocky cliffs. The Pawnee Buttes trail is open year round; however, there is a nearby closure from March 1 – June 30 to protect any nesting raptors. Please stay on the main trail during this time as adults may desert their eggs or young birds if disturbed.
At a Glance
||The weather can change quickly. Keep an eye to the sky to watch for storms that may hit the area. Rain and snow can make the roads difficult to drive. For more information please contact our office.
||Spring, summer, and fall.
||Please do not try to climb the bluffs along the trail, as that will cause resource damage. No open fires allowed at this time. The trail is off limits to mountain bikes.
The Overlook, the Lips Bluff trail and 200 yards from the bottom of Lips Bluff are closed to public access March 1 - June 30 to protect the nesting hawks, eagles and falcons. Please remain on the designated Pawnee Buttes trail during the closure period to minimize disturbance to the nesting birds.
||Grover: at the junction of County Roads 89, 122, and 390, and has a general store. New Raymer: at Hwy 14 and CR 129. Also, Fort Morgan, Briggsdale, and Sterling.
||Permanent restrooms at Trailhead parking area.
||Pawnee Ranger District
660 “O” Street, Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: 970-346-5000, Fax: 970-346-5014 Contact Us