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Grover, Colorado Map

Awesome, couldn't believe I was the only person there on a Sunday morning. Loved the scenery, would never have expected how life thrives in a place that looks so desolate at first glance. Easy and peaceful.

1 month ago

loved it. A prairie hike may not have what some look for but I find great beauty and views. Nice rock formations. Trail head is developed with nice shelter, restrooms and tables. A couple of Free public land primitive campsites just west of trail head.

1 month ago

wish i would have known about the gravel roads to get there but it was worth it once i arrived. i was the only one at the trailhead the whole time. super easy 3/4 of the way is all flat then some easy climbing up the buttes. it was so cool to experience them and see the unique landscape. didn’t see any rattlesnakes but heard a ton kind of close to the trail. bring a ton of water, sunscreen and a hat for sure

good short hike. couldn't go to top of butter because of mating season.

2 months ago

This is an excellent short hike with beautiful views. There was no shade so be sure to big plenty of water and a hat if needed. We went close to sunset so there were a lot of birds singing and cooler weather. There was also some antelope around the area.

3 months ago

Varied terrain and views for a relatively short hike. I found the roads slick and muddy in the rain. The trails were in better shape than the roads! I camped overnight between the two buttes; bring all the water you need, as there is none on the trail. Prepare for complete exposure to the elements on the trail (sun, rain, snow, wind....) Amazing sunset and sunrise in a cool landscape.

6 months 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.

8 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.

Friday, August 04, 2017

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!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

nice trail not well marked or maintained

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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

Monday, April 03, 2017

Short and wry easy.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

on Pawnee Buttes Trail

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

For the first hike of the spring, we decided to mix up things a bit and head away from the mountains. The driving approach was interesting, with antelope herds, the wind farm, missile silos, and a lot of other things to see. The hike to the buttes was relatively easy, traversing down between cliffs where raptors nest (side trails closed until June 30 for nesting birds), then across a bit of an open range to pass by the bases of the buttes, which are quite pretty. I can imagine in the right light, they are extremely striking. On a spring Friday afternoon, we only passed one other group, so it was quite calm and peaceful. Be warned, there are no restroom facilities at the trail.

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