Pawnee Buttes Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Located in the northeast corner of Weld County, Colorado, approximately 13 miles south of the Wyoming border, stand the Pawnee Buttes.  A predominate geologic feature within the Pawnee National Grassland, these buttes appear to rise 300 feet above the prairie.

A one and a half 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 in the same way you found it. As the rock is crumbling sandstone, climbing on the Buttes is not recommended. 

Take a hat, sunscreen lotion 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

Current Conditions: The weather can be very changeable. Keep an eye to the sky to watch for storms that may hit the area. Rain and snow can make the roads difficult to manage. For more information please contact our office.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees None.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring and Fall
Busiest Season: Year-round
Restrictions: 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 Pawnee Buttes trail during the closure period to minimize disturbance to the nesting birds.
Closest Towns: Grover – at the junction of County Roads 89, 122, and 390has a larger general store, New Raymer  - at Hiway 14 and CR 129, also Fort Morgan, Briggsdale, Sterling
Restroom: Permanent restrooms at new lower parking area.
Information Center: Pawnee Ranger District
660 “O” Street, Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: 970-346-5000, Fax: 970-346-5014 Contact Us

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Day Hiking

This is the only hiking trail on the Pawnee National Grassland outside of the Crow Valley Recreation Area.

Status: Open
Fees: none
Best Season: Spring and Fall
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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Amenities

Toilets Permanent restrooms at new lower parking area.
Picnic tables Covered picnic areas.
Parking Parking for cars and trucks with horse trailers.
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  1.5 miles
  Latitude : 
40.81394301370
  Longitude : 
-104.00075439300
  Elevation : 
5,425'