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Address: 666 O St, Grasslands Are 25 Miles NorthEast, Greeley, CO 80631-9104
Phone Number: +1 970-353-5004
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This huge expanse of government-owned grasslands can be explored by car,...

This huge expanse of government-owned grasslands can be explored by car, mountain bike or horseback. Nearby camping facilities are offered.

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Pawnee Buttes plains gem

I try to go every few years. It is wonderful to go in the spring to see the wild flowers and cactus in bloom. As a former Easterner I always gravitated to the mountains. Then... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Evergreen, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pawnee National Grassland is a sprawling high desert prairie in remote Northeast Colorado. The hike to Pawnee Buttes has long vistas and is relatively flat. The Buttes themselves are impressive. It is a long distance to gas or food, so come prepared. There are minimal trailhead facilities. However, don't expect a wilderness experience that the National Grassland name might... More 

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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I try to go every few years. It is wonderful to go in the spring to see the wild flowers and cactus in bloom. As a former Easterner I always gravitated to the mountains. Then figured I should take a look. The vastness and openess is special. During the spring and fall migratory birds are in abundance. Lark buntings, raptors,... More 

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Tampa, United States
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Hard to find. Google maps put us in someone's back yard. Lots of dirt roads and a few wrong turns later, we found the Buttes. We enjoyed the nature and the geology of these. We could hike to the top as well as the bottom of the structures. We could see the windmills in the distance. Bring water and a... More 

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Eaton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The beginning of James Michener's book "Centennial" featured this landscape. Some species of birds are only found in this area like mountain plovers. Spring can be beautiful with wild flowers everywhere.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We are avid birdwatchers and visited Pawnee to see flora and fauna of the short grass prairie. We did the auto / driving tour (20 miles) in the western section. The gravel roads are well maintained. There are numerous stops with interpretive signs about birds and other wildlife on the prairie. During our 5 hour visit we saw Pronghorn Antelopes,... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I'm very conflicted about the grasslands. Most of the grasslands are not protected from oil and gas exploration and there is a LOT of that going on out there. However, driving the dirt roads through the area was a blast, as was looking at the natural formations (the buttes and bluffs). Though I can imagine the oil and gas is... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

We just spent two days out on the grasslands photographing a den of swift fox and another den of burrowing owls. The grasslands are ablaze with yellow flowers right now (early June). Bring the longest lens you own and plan to shoot at dawn and dusk when animals are more active and the light is warm. The birding tour turned... More 

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Niwot, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Glad to finally see the Pawnee Buttes and Grasslands but the advice to try and visualize them and the area w/out wind turbines and oil and gas rigs was pretty difficult to follow. The Buttes: Oil and gas trucks (semis) nearly run you off the gravel roads, so many oil and gas rigs pumping and it's not a wind farm... More 

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Chama, New Mexico
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

it was definitely not worth the time we took, cutting across the "grasslands" which were really just oil and gas fields bisected by roads. We tried to take the "scenic route" so we could see some birds but it wasn't well marked and not scenic at all. Better to stick to the main roads or take a different route.

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Fort Collins
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Historic, remote and virgin prairie! Wouldn't go at the height of summer. Beware of rattlesnakes. Mentioned often in the book "Centennial."

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