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Pawnee Pioneer Trails

Length: 128 miles. Driving time: 3 hours.

Pawnee Pioneer TrailsPawnee Pioneer Trail MapThis byway traverses the rugged Colorado Piedmont, a wide-open region anchored by the towering Pawnee Buttes. The landscape provides refuge for coyotes, prairie dogs, rattlesnakes, pronghorn antelope, and hundreds of bird species. Travelers can imagine how the shortgrass prairie appeared to Native Americans many centuries ago, and to the frontiersmen, cattle ranchers, and homesteaders who followed. Nineteenth-century settlers endured the hardships of wind, drought, and isolation; railroad towns sprang up, flourished, and declined. The communities that remain are as tough and resilient as the land they occupy, hardy symbols of America's pioneering spirit.

Pawnee National Grassland
Pawnee Buttes
Overland Trail Museum
Fort Morgan Museum
Morgan County Barn Quilts Tour
North Sterling State Park
Jackson Lake State Park (Nearby in Orchard CO)
Pawnee National Grassland Bird Tour

Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Byways Corridor Management Plan
Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic &
Historic Byway Interpretive
Plan 3/16/08

Pawnee Pioneer Trails Corridor
Management Plan July 1999
Special Considerations
High truck traffic along the unpaved county roads. Look out for flying dirt and rocks.
Contact Information

USFS - Pawnee National Grasslands
Greeley CO 80631

Program Contacts
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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222
  • Colorado Tourism Office
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