Pawnee Buttes Trailhead grand opening postponed

Due to snowy conditions, roads to the Pawnee Buttes Trailhead are likely to be muddy and slick this weekend causing the U.S. Forest Service to postpone the grand reopening ceremonies originally scheduled for April 20.

A new date for the event has not been scheduled, but visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this area once road conditions in the area improve. The trailhead is located 56 miles from Ault and 73 miles from Greeley, northwest of New Raymer.

“Although it is unfortunate to have to postpone this great event, the snow is a welcome sight for the plants and animals of the Pawnee National Grassland,” Pawnee National Grassland District Ranger Lori Bell said.

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.

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

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