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Pawnee Pioneer Trails

Pawnee Pioneer Trail Map

Length: 128 miles
Driving time: 3 hours

This 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.

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USFS Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Avenue, Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
970-295-6700 (Visitor Info)

Sterling and Logan County
Tourist Information Center

102 N. Riverview Rd
Sterling, CO 80751
(970) 522-8962
Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce
300 Main Street
Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Colorado Welcome Center at Fort Collins 
3745 E. Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Contact Us
  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    2829 W. Howard Pl.
    Denver, CO 80204

  • Colorado Tourism Office
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