Northern Weld - Pawnee National Grasslands and Buttes

A sign welcoming people into Pawnee National Grassland

The Pawnee National Grasslands cover 193,060 acres contained within a 30-by-60 mile area. The rich history of the area is represented by old homesteads, cemeteries, nearby museums and a network of numbered forest service and county roads that will take you within easy walking distance of almost all parts of the grassland.

The Pawnee National Grasslands are not only an internationally known birding area but also a wonderful spot for hiking, camping, picnicking, horseback riding and stargazing. While on the grasslands, keep an eye out for a few of the species that make the area their home including pronghorn, burrowing owls and the state bird - the Lark Bunting.

Most areas of national forests and grasslands are open and free of charge for your use and enjoyment; please be mindful, however, of the private land that exists alongside the public land. Fees or permits may be required for use of some areas, specific facilities or services.

To learn more about all the Grasslands and the Pawnee Buttes have to offer, please their page on the U.S. Forest Service website or stop by the U.S. Forest Service Office on your way and pick up maps, brochures and more (115 North 2nd Ave., Ault).