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Pawnee National Grasslands, Greeley

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Pawnee National Grassland is a United States National Grassland located in northeastern Colorado on the Colorado Eastern Plains. The grassland is located in the South Platte River basin in remote northern and extreme northeastern Weld County between Greeley and Sterling. It comprises two parcels totaling largely between State Highway 14 and the Wyoming border. The larger eastern parcel lies adjacent to the borders of both Nebraska and Wyoming. It is administered in conjunction with the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest from the U.S. Forest Service office in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a local ranger district office in Greeley.
The grassland is in an especially depopulated area of the Great Plains. There was limited cultivation in the early 20th century but was withdrawn from farming after the Dust Bowl. The communities of Keota and Purcell are located within the grassland. The town of Grover is located directly between the two large parcels of the grasslands near the Crow Creek. Briggsdale sits at the southern end where State Highway 14 and State Highway 392 meet. State Highway 71 traverses the eastern unit north of Stoneham. The eastern unit is drained by Pawnee Creek, a tributary of the South Platte. The western unit is largely drained by Crow Creek. Make Pawnee National Grasslands a centerpiece of your Greeley vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Greeley trip itinerary planner.
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  • It’s a nice hike to the Pawnee Buttes on a mild December day. Take your time and it’s and easy two hours. Unlike summer, there were no snakes or bugs, nor cattle hogging the shade strucure. The cow... 
    It’s a nice hike to the Pawnee Buttes on a mild December day. Take your time and it’s and easy two hours. Unlike summer, there were no snakes or bugs, nor cattle hogging the shade strucure. The cow...  more »
  • The grasslands are accessible from several locations and I found them fascinating. I loved the prairie dogs who really made it very clear they did not want us standing there. We also saw a large... 
    The grasslands are accessible from several locations and I found them fascinating. I loved the prairie dogs who really made it very clear they did not want us standing there. We also saw a large...  more »
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  • I love the freedom that comes with this place! Great place to gain proficiency with your firearm. There is a designated shooting area that takes donations. On the downside, there is a defecit in keeping it as clean as we as Americans should! If you can help keep it clean, please do so everyone can continue to enjoy it. As a gun enthusiast, I expect it more out of other gun owners, than campers, hikers...etc.
  • The grasslands are accessible from several locations and I found them fascinating. I loved the prairie dogs who really made it very clear they did not want us standing there. We also saw a large herd of pronghorns and several individuals as well.

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