Features Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado

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Fred and Suzi Dow, publishers of, recently visited Pawnee National Grassland and are featuring this grassland on their website, the comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, recently visited Pawnee National Grassland, CO. It is featuring the grassland with detailed up-to-date campground information, photographs and things to do.

Located north of Denver, east of Ft. Collins, CO and south of Cheyenne, WY, Pawnee National Grassland (NG) is convenient to millions of residents but not well known to most. Possibly best known for the landmark geological formation called Pawnee Buttes, the grassland offers outstanding birdwatching and star-grazing opportunities. In addition, there are an assortment of recreational activities, all accessible from the grassland’s only developed campground, Crow Valley. The Pawnee is a patchwork of federal, state, and private land, and composed of rolling prairie and “woody draws” with the Cheyenne River meandering through one section, and all waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

The Pawnee Buttes, the grassland's most famous landmark, were discovered by John Charles Fremont during his 1842 expedition. There are two Pawnee Buttes called East and West. The East Butte is on private property but the West Butte is on the grassland and available to the public. A 1.5 mile hiking trail provides access to the base of this butte. However, automobile accessed Pawnee Butte Overlook offers visitors spectacular views of the landmark. This view is even more inspiring at sunset.

While dispersed camping is permitted in the Pawnee, the Crow Valley campground with its basic amenities in a nicely wooded stretch of the Cheyenne River, attracts more camping families. With its ample shade and level topography, it is easy to see why this location has a been popular with travelers for centuries. Along with ten campsites, the campground has couple of pleasant little hiking trails, a farm equipment museum, an "education center," and ball-field. And there is a Day Use area with a kitchen, which includes a large bar-b-que grille, electricity, and ample space for any large gathering. Contact the ranger district office for more information.

The Pawnee NG is relatively flat but dissected by steep-sided ravines, called "woody draws." These ravines provide great habitat for wildlife, especially birds, which is another outstanding feature of the grassland. Over 200 species of birds live in the area at least for part of the year. The nearby Auto Birding Trail is a good introduction to the Pawnee’s many bird species. This grassland also has one of the highest densities of raptors (birds of prey) in North America. During the raptors’ nesting season the Main OHV area is closed to riders, illustrating the importance of the grassland to maintaining a healthy, viable populations of ferruginous hawks, Swainson’s hawks, prairie falcons, golden eagles, American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks.

Some might measure the Pawnee NG by its robust populations of various wildlife species and condition of the prairie. However, it is its lack of crowds, endless horizons, and recreation possibilities limited only by the imagination that will attract many to this grassland in the northeast corner of Colorado.

About, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands. It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors. In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of, have devoted 18 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.

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