Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pawnee Buttes Trailhead Grand Opening Rescheduled

Everyone is again invited to come celebrate the newly constructed Pawnee Buttes Trailhead on the Pawnee National Grassland. This event has been rescheduled for May 4th at 10 a.m.

Due to snowy conditions, the U.S. Forest Service had to postpone the grand reopening ceremonies originally scheduled for April 20.

The U.S. Forest Service was able to complete the various improvements at the trailhead with the support of partners, including the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byway Program, the Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic and Historic Byway Committee, and Cedar Creek Wind Energy, LLC. Approximately $250,000, mostly received from grants, was spent to reroute the trail, build a new parking area, and add picnic tables and shelters, restrooms, and interpretive information. A portion of the new trail is also ADA accessible. Volunteers helped with some of the trail construction.

The trailhead is located 56 miles from Ault and 73 miles from Greeley. Directions from Highway 14, travel north on Weld County Road 129. Next, travel west on Weld County Road 110. Then follow signs to the trailhead area. The trailhead is northwest of New Raymer.

Remember, facilities are limited on the grassland. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen and have a full tank of gas in your vehicle before arriving.

The Pawnee Buttes are a signature landmark of the Pawnee National Grassland, rising more than 200 feet from the prairie floor and offers hiking opportunities.

For more information about recreational activities, please call the Pawnee National Grassland office at 970-346-5000 or check online at


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