The Pawnee National Grassland preserves and promotes the natural prairie landscape, which is nearly farmland everywhere else. The land is mostly flat with some rolling hills, bluffs and buttes.
Most of the land around the grasslands is open to the public, but some of it is private. It’s usually marked, but not always well. There is not a whole lot specific to see. The main attraction is probably the Pawnee Buttes, two small mesas that rise strikingly around the expansive flat plains.
The main activities within the park are biking, birding, camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and driving scenically.
Dispersed camping is available on many of the roads within the park. The most concentrated number of sites is probably near the Pawnee Buttes on the eastern grasslands.
It gets real windy at night. The wind was thumping against my tent loud enough and non-stop enough, that I had to move outside for the night. It was beautiful, but I wouldn’t be in a hurry to camp here again. Although, if you want to catch a lightning show in the distance, the plains are the place to go.
For those that prefer a campground, Crow Valley, is the only one in the grasslands. It’s shaded by tall trees and there is a baseball diamond at the campground, which is kind of cool.
The roads within the park are not super well marked, nor is there really any place to go. Just drive into the grasslands and check it out. It’s best to have at least a CO map in your car, the more detailed, the better. There are several tiny, plains towns around the grassland worth checking out too.
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