Pawnee Bird Tour

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Picture of an owl on the png.

May 29, 2018 Update: Recent rains have flooded some areas and made others muddy. County Road 96 on the east side of the bird tour is experiencing some flooding. Use caution.

The Pawnee National Grassland Bird Tour (click here for pamphlet) is 21 miles long and passes through a variety of bird habitats. The kinds of birds present will depend upon the season of the year, weather conditions, and time of day (early morning and late afternoon are best). The tour begins in the Crow Valley Recreation Area and follows county roads, mostly unpaved and gravel, through a variety of landscapes and ending at Highway 14 and County Road 61.

A leisurely tour would take from up to 3 to 4 hours to complete by motor vehicle.   The tour is also suitable for mountain bikes with heavy duty tires.  To follow the tour, please call or come by our office in Ault to pick up a brochure and map, or click here for a downloadable version.  A more complete list of bird species found on the Pawnee National Grassland is available by  clicking here. Pay close attention to the map and your odometer.  Wet weather can make some of the roads impassable.  You may want to inquire at the office for the latest conditions before you start the tour. 

If you are interested in exploring more of the Pawnee National Grassland, a Motor Vehicle Use Map will indicate where public and private lands are located, and which roads for accessible for public use.

There is no water available in this area, and the nearest gas station may not be in close proximity. Check your fuel and take plenty of water, especially on hot summer days.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: If there has been recent rain or snow, roads may be impassable. Keep an eye on the sky for approaching storms. The weather can be unpredictable.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees None
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Ault, Grover, Briggsdale
Information Center: Pawnee Ranger District
115 N. 2nd Ave.
Ault, CO 80610
Phone: 970-834-9270 Contact Us

Recreation Map

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Nature Viewing

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Viewing Wildlife

The Pawnee National Grassland is an internationally-known birding area. It is also home to numerous other wildlife species. You will often see pronghorn majestically bounding across the prairie.

Outdoor Learning

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Scenic Driving

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