Crow Valley Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of the Crow Valley Recreation Area.

Crow Valley Recreation Area is set in the Pawnee National Grassland, a very popular site with bird enthusiasts. Over 200 species can be found in the area. This oasis on the prairie has cottonwoods which provide some shade and small meadows, and is surrounded by northeastern Colorado's short-grass prairie. There are ample opportunities for sports and recreation for the whole family.

Crow Valley sits at an elevation of 4,800 feet. Cottonwood and elm trees dot the landscape, providing pleasant shade in the family campground. However, the group campsites have little to no shade. Short grass prairie surrounds the recreation area. The Pawnee National Grassland sits east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Eroding creek drainages crisscross the area. Elevations range from 4,900 feet on the prairie to 9,500 feet at the summit of the Pawnee Buttes.

Birding, exploring nature trails, viewing wildlife and star gazing are popular activities at Crow Valley. A volleyball court, horseshoe pit and ball field are available. The Lee and Dorothy Rhoads Farm Implement Museum is located within the recreation area. The collection of tools, donated by the descendants of homesteaders, can help one imagine what life was like in pioneer days. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Group picnic and campsites are closed due to an increased risk with larger crowds.
Reservations: Make your reservations at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Open Season: 6/1 - 9/27
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Briggsdale, CO; Ault, CO; Grover, CO
Water: Potable water available during warm weather.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (wheelchair accessible)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Pawnee National Grassland
115 N 2nd Ave.,
Ault, CO 80610
(970) 834-9270 Contact Us

General Information


Located 32 miles northeast of Greeley or 14 miles east of Ault, just off State Highway 14, turn north on Weld County Road 77, travel 1/4 mile to the campground entrance on the west side of the road.

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Picnic tables At Crow Valley Rec Area; will accommodate up to 200 people.
Drinking water Potable water available during warm weather.
Interpretive Site
Toilets Wheelchair accessible vault toilets.
Tent camping Campsites available at the Crow Valley Recreation Area. Alternatively, dispersed camping is permitted on the Grassland.
Accessible All campsites are wheelchair accessible.
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