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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Pawnee Buttes and Pawnee N. Grassland (E. section) - Weld County
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Description: Like a miniature Monument Valley, these two fat rock spires decorate a high eroded escarpment in the eastern Pawnee National Grassland. White-throated Swift and raptors including Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcon nest in the immediate vicinity. In summer Rock Wrens will be hard to miss, and Cassin's Sparrows may perform display flights from the yucca stalks.

The short, rough Grassland Road 681 provides access to some nice public land west of the Buttes. The grassy ridge to the south of here may attract migrating Sprague's Pipits in October. Birds like Brown Thrasher may lurk down in the vegetated gully to the north. Another Spraguey-looking spot is the high flat area just north and west of the main Pawnee Buttes trailhead (Don't confuse with the other trailhead, which does not have a view of the buttes.)

The eastern section of the Pawnee is more patchwork than the western section, but all the specialty birds can still be found by driving around. One good location for Mountain Plovers is along the south side of CR 100 for several miles west of the town of Keota.

Habitat: Cliff Face, Grassland/Prairie, Yucca
Directions: From Briggsdale, head east on CO 14 fourteen miles to CR 105. Turn left (north) Continue north on CR 103 through the "town" of Keota to a T intersection with CR 104. Turn right (east) on CR 104, go three miles, and turn left (north) on CR 111. Just after the road bends sharply left (west), turn north onto CR 685 and follow signs to the trailhead. To get to GR 681, instead of turning onto GR 685, follow the road (now CR 112) west to CR 107 and turn north. GR 681 is on the right in about a mile.
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