Pawnee National Grassland, NE of Greeley

  

Beautiful picture of the Pawnee National Grassland sky.

The Pawnee National Grassland lies 35 miles east of Fort Collins, CO and 25 miles northeast of Greeley, CO in Weld County. Contained within the 30-by-60 mile area are 193,060 acres managed by the Pawnee National Grassland. The rest of the land is a checkerboard of private land, State of Colorado ownership and the Central Plains Experimental Range.

Please refer to a Motor Vehicle Use Map for location of public lands, as it is intermixed with a lot of private land. There are also some two-tracks that are closed to the public.

The area is rich in history and wildlife. A wide variety of plants and animals call the Pawnee National Grassland home. The wildflowers, flora and fauna are adapted to the environments of the area.

Come visit for a day or stay a while. Your national grasslands have much to offer year-round.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Pawnee National Grassland Roads Status
Operational Hours: Pawnee Ranger District Visitor Information Office hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday through Friday. Closed weekends & Federal holidays. Phone: (970) 834-9270
Reservations: View Campgrounds At-A-Glance table to quickly view what sites are reserveable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring, summer, and fall.
Busiest Season: Spring, summer, and fall.
Restrictions: There are regulations, restrictions, and closures in effect. Conditions can change quickly. The roads are gravel and/or dirt. These can become impassable with rain or snow. Call for updated information, directions, and other important details.
Closest Towns:
  • West side: Ault, CO; Grover, CO; Briggsdale, CO
  • East side: Sterling, CO; Raymer, CO
Water: Potable water available during warm weather.
Restroom: Available at Crow Valley Campground in warm weather, Briggsdale and Grover
Information Center: Pawnee Ranger District
115 North 2nd Ave
Ault, CO 80610
(970) 834-9270
Open Wednesday-Friday

General Information

Directions:

From Interstate 25:

Exit east on Highway 14 to downtown Ault and turn left on 2nd Avenue. The office is behind the bank.

From Hwy 85:

Travel north or south to Ault, take Highway 14 west for one block and turn right on 2nd Avenue. 


General Notes:

Stay Safe!

As a visitor to National Forest System Lands, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote a pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experience for all visitors.

 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Crow Valley Recreation Area and Campground is located 22 miles east of Ault, at Highway 14 and County Road 77, adjacent to Briggsdale, CO, and is open April to November, weather permitting.  It offers a variety of campsites depending on group size. Some are first-come, first-served and for others reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. All sites are wheelchair accessible.

RV Camping is allowed, however, there are no water or electrical hookups.  While there is electricity available at the Steward J. Adams Educational Site in the shelter, it is not for RV hookups.  There is no dump station available at the campground. 

Campfires are generally allowed, unless fire restrictions are in effect.

There are three types of sites at the campground:

Family Campground

Group Campground

Steward J. Adams Education Site

Status: Open
Reservation info: Call 1-877-444-6777 or access www.recreation.gov
Best Season: Spring, Summer and Fall

Areas for Campground Camping at Pawnee National Grassland, NE of Greeley

RV Camping

RV Camping is allowed at the Crow Valley Recreation Area campground.  There are no electrical hookups.  While there is electricity available at the Steward J. Adams Educational Site in the shelter, it is not for RV hookups.  There is no dump station available at the campground. 

Reservation required?: Y
Reservation info: For reservations, call 1-877-444-6777, or go to www.recreation.gov
Best Season: Spring and Fall

Areas for RV Camping at Pawnee National Grassland, NE of Greeley

Group Camping

Crow Valley Recreation Area and Campground is open from April to November.   Reservations for group sites can be made up to a year in advance.  Group site Hawk holds 6 vehicles and/or 30 people, Plover holds 7 vehicles and/or 30 people, and Lark holds 9 vehicles and/or 30 people.  The Steward J. Adams Education Site is for tents only and holds up to 100 people. There is parking space for up to 20 cars, trucks or vans, or two 40 ft. motor coaches. All group sites are wheelchair accessible.

Fees: Lark, Hawk and Plover: $50 per day for 1-30 people; Education site: $65/day for 1-50 people; $120/day for 51-100 people
Reservation required?: Y
Reservation info: Make reservations by call 1-877-444-6777 or accessing www.recreation.gov
Best Season: Spring and Fall

Areas for Group Camping at Pawnee National Grassland, NE of Greeley

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is also allowed on the Pawnee National Grassland, year-round.  This provides an alternative to campground camping for those who want to experience the grassland the way people did in the past. No fee required. A Motor Vehicle Use Map will help you determine if you are on private or public land.


Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Scenic Driving

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Amenities

Picnic tables At Crow Valley Rec Area; will accomodate up to 200 people. The Pawnee Buttes Trailhead has covered picnic tables available year-round.
Drinking water Potable water available during warm weather, at Crow Valley Rec Area.
Interpretive Site Farm Implement Display, Pawnee Bird Tour, and the Pawnee Buttes Trailhead.
Toilets Vault toilets are available at Crow Valley Rec Area when campground is open (April to November). Toilets area available at Pawnee Buttes Trailhead and Baker Draw Shooting Area year-round.
Tent camping Dispersed camping is permitted anywhere on the Grassland.
Accessible All campsites are wheelchair accessible. Campsite #5 has a raised platform for tent set up for wheelchair accessibility.
Camping trailer Campsites available at the Crow Valley Recreation Area. Alternatively, dispersed camping is permitted on the Grassland.
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
40.7614588

  Longitude : 
-104.0493284

  Elevation : 
4800' - 5400'

 



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