nice trail not well marked or maintained

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.

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

hiking
2 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
2 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.

hiking
2 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
3 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
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

birding
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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!