Pawnee National Grassland



Spanning 193,060 acres of short grass plains, Pawnee National Grassland is one of Colorado’s two National Grasslands, and is a popular bird watching and recreational destination. The Grassland is an internationally recognized birding area that supports a variety of species including lark buntings (the Colorado State Bird), mountain plovers, burrowing owls, raptors and birds of prey. Keep your eye out for the wildlife species that make their home in this unique prairie, including pronghorn, mule deer, coyote, swift fox, snakes and prairie dogs. Outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking, camping, picnicking, horseback riding and stargazing.

Reghan Cloudman, US Forest Service Public Affairs, gives an overview of Pawnee National Grassland, on Big Blend Radio.

Pawnee National Grassland is located about 35 miles east of Fort Collins, and 25 miles northeast of Greeley in Weld County, Colorado. For more on the Grassland and local region, Click Here to listen to our Big Blend Radio interview about Greeley and Weld County, Colorado and enjoy our jigsaw puzzle of the Pawnee Buttes, the most notable geologic feature of the Grassland. Pawnee National Grassland is managed by the US Forest Service. Be sure to visit for more information, including the nearby Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.    



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