on Pawnee Buttes Trail

hiking
24 days ago

Sadly, this area is a minefield of oil drilling wells. There must be hundreds. It's nothing but huge hammers smashing into mother earth's crust and sucking her dry. Uncool.

hiking
25 days ago

What a neat trail to find in the Eastern part of Colorado. The roads (gravel and pitted pavement) getting to this trail are not for the type of car we were driving and was glad the weather was nice. It was very easy park to find and the trails are very well worn so you will not loose your way. I recommend bearing to the right of the trail as you go through the second gate. On you way back from the two main buttes, take the right after the sign and head into the canyon for some very cool exploring. We were there for about 4 hours and wished we had a couple more hours. We were the only hikers there this day.

hiking
2 months ago

Geodynamics at all scales. You can watch the landscape forming. Very instructive. Memory that you will keep.

A mini badlands with out-of-this-world views of buttes. Quiet prairie with sounds of insects and wind. Watch the mounds of ants-no really-watch as they work- but don’t touch. There are potties but no water-bring a gallon.

a walk in a pasture. prarie and cows. nothing special

I took my friend here last October. It was a bit difficult to find the trailhead, but once we got there we had an absolute blast!! We got a little turned around and ended up hiking in the dry creek bed instead of going to the buttes. Followed a game trail for a bit and climbed over some big boulders. Lots of fun, will absolutely be going again!!

nice trail not well marked or maintained

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked the trail out to the Buttes on June 2nd under cloudy skies and light sprinkles. You can hike around the east Butte on a faint trail that takes you up under the vertical section of the Butte with great views. Very pleasant hike and even saw a herd of pronghorn running through the grass.

hiking
8 months ago

Free camping on National Grasslands, look for previously used spots.

hiking
10 months ago

It's much more interesting, and enjoyable than I expected. I'd recommend it for an early spring hike.

Short and wry easy.

hiking
10 months ago

This a a very cool and unique trail. The trail is easy, and fun. A lot of people in Colorado chose to overlook the eastern part of the state. This hike is a great excuse to get out of the mountains and enjoy some overlooked areas of the great state of Colorado.
This area is also known for its variety of birds. So when you go be sure to keep your eyes and ears open.

on Pawnee Buttes Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Nice short hike. Good spring hike. Would not want to do it in the heat of the summer, no shade. If you map quest it, make sure you use Pawnee Buttes, not Pawnee National Grasslands.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice, easy hike. The location is very remote, so it was quite an adventure to find the place and even more so to find my way back home after dark. GPS is a must! If you like to get away from the crowds, this is definitely the place to go! I went on February 27th, the last weekend before the bird nesting season from March to June when access to the top of the bluffs is prohibited. This is a major portion of the trails so be aware of this before you go and plan accordingly.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike with no other folks. Just be prepared for wind!

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Great trail, will do this one again. Definitely want to go early in the morning as there really isn't much shade.

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Peaceful, easy hike in a remote but very pretty region. Can get really windy on top of the rocks, so hang on to your hats. Other than that, just watch out for cow pies and grasshoppers the size of your face!

birding
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Great views, bird watching, interested plants, very quiet and remote. Nice facilities provided by USFS including bathroom (pit toilet) and picnic shelters. Trail is well maintained.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's easy and short. Because it's so far out, there's never anyone else there. It's fun to walk around in the canyon too.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Beautiful, easy hiking, and even on Memorial Day weekend we only saw three groups of other hikers near the buttes. Unfortunately for hikers, the buttes are closed through June 30 in order to allow the raptors peace for nesting, so you are limited to the trail around the base, but it's a very beautiful and quiet area. Lots of wildlife, including prime antelope viewing on the way in. It's clear that fracking has had a great impact on the landscape, which is unfortunate, but you will still have no problem finding tranquil beauty here. Bring your own water in!

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