Colorado’s national grasslands are managed by the National Forest Service and are free to access. Visitors should be sure to bring a map with them to ensure that they are not accidentally trespassing on private property. Read our federal lands blog . View all federal lands .
National Grasslands in Colorado
Two national grasslands preserve Colorado’s natural prairie landscape. Each are located on the plains in the eastern part of the state. You can camp, hike, bike and discover native wildlife at both the Comanche and Pawnee grasslands.
Guide to National Grasslands in Colorado
When people think of Colorado they immediately think of the Rocky Mountains. However, Colorado is home to two incredibly spectacular national grasslands that offer unparalleled views and exquisite sites.
Comanche National Grassland is located in southeastern Colorado and encompasses the longest dinosaur track in the world. Visitors can follow the dinosaur tracks for an incredible eight-mile long stretch and will be amazed at the sheer size of the footprints while they are transported back in time.
Not only does Comanche National Grassland have awesome dinosaur tracks it also espouses 1,500-year old Native American rock art. This rock art can be seen on the walls of canyons and inspires wonder in the eyes of those who experience it firsthand.
Pawnee National Grassland is located in the northeast part of the state and can be found 25 miles east of Fort Collins. It features one of the most well known and photographed landmark within the national grasslands, the Pawnee Buttes. You can take a relatively short hike out to them to admire their beauty up close.
Pawnee National Grassland is a birders paradise! The wide-open views allow birders unimpeded views of migrating species as well as the endemic lark bunting. Visitors who are less inclined towards birding will enjoy the interesting rock formations and the opportunity to hike, camp and go horseback riding.