Pawnee Buttes Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grover, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Ft. Morgan, take Main St.(52) north out of town to Hwy. 14.,Turn left(west) to New Ramer. From Sterling take Hwy. 14(west) to New Ramer. From New Ramer, drive north on Co. Rd. 129 to Co. Rd. 110. Turn left(west) on this road and follow it to the Pawnee Buttes.
It's much more interesting, and enjoyable than I expected. I'd recommend it for an early spring hike.
Short and wry easy.
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.
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.
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.
Nice hike with no other folks. Just be prepared for wind!
Great trail, will do this one again. Definitely want to go early in the morning as there really isn't much shade.
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!
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.
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.
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!
I went with my 2 large dogs in late March and we really enjoyed it! ... Well, once I got there and out on the trail. The last 50 minutes of my drive was down a dirt road with a speed limit of 55 and oil tankers not holding back. After an hour of playing chicken I was glad to be at our destination... and alive! (Next time I will research a different route in!) I was amazed at the temperature drop and luckily I had my gloves and heavier jacket in the car. The winds were intense when you weren't shielded by the buttes and I imagine that may always be the case as the beautiful views include massive white windmills for as far the eye can see. The trails over the tops of the buttes are closed March - June due to birds of prey nesting. It was still a lot of fun walking to the end of the trail between the buttes and exploring other smaller trails winding throughout the bottom of the buttes.... or maybe that was just me inventing trails systems trying to avoid the drive out of there! All kidding aside, I will definitely go back again after June!
A great place to go in May to take photo's of the Buttes in the afternoon with thunderheads and wildflowers, if its been a wet spring. Awesome for sunsets also if the clouds are there.