AUTO TOURING, WILDLIFE VIEWING
May 29, 2018 Update: Recent rains have flooded some areas and made others muddy. County Road 96 on the east side of the bird tour is experiencing some flooding. Use caution.
The Pawnee National Grassland Bird Tour (click here for pamphlet) is 21 miles long and passes through a variety of bird habitats. The kinds of birds present will depend upon the season of the year, weather conditions, and time of day (early morning and late afternoon are best). The tour begins in the Crow Valley Recreation Area and follows county roads, mostly unpaved and gravel, through a variety of landscapes and ending at Highway 14 and County Road 61.
A leisurely tour would take from up to 3 to 4 hours to complete by motor vehicle. The tour is also suitable for mountain bikes with heavy duty tires. To follow the tour, please call or come by our office in Greeley to pick up a brochure and map, or click here for a downloadable version. A more complete list of bird species found on the Pawnee National Grassland is available by clicking here. Pay close attention to the map and your odometer. Wet weather can make some of the roads impassable. You may want to inquire at the office for the latest conditions before you start the tour.
If you are interested in exploring more of the Pawnee National Grassland, a Motor Vehicle Use Map will indicate where public and private lands are located, and which roads for accessible for public use. A free pamphlet on Pawnee Pioneer Trails: Scenic & Historic Byway is also available from our office and may be of interest.
There is no water available in this area, and the nearest gas station may not be in close proximity. Check your fuel and take plenty of water, especially on hot summer days.
Learn more from Discover Weld’s video.