Pawnee Buttes Trail Horseback Riding

The 26th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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Northeast of Greeley, the Pawnee Buttes area has over 60 miles of trails open to horseback riding. Riding your horse across the open prairie has become an increasingly popular activity. Many people come to the Grassland to ride; however, there are no commercial stables for horse rental. Though most riding is done cross-country, there is a single developed trail located at the Pawnee Buttes. This is a very popular spot for riding. Care should be taken riding in this area however, as much of the land around the Buttes is private and not fenced. While there is only one developed trail, there are over 193,000 acres that are open to enjoy. Ownership patterns are extremely scattered.

To reach the trailhead from the intersection of US 85 Bypass and SR 263 in Greeley, go east on SR 263 for 7 miles. Go north on SR 37 for 3.5 miles. Go east (northeast) on SR 392 for 18 miles to Briggsdale. Head east out of Briggsdale on Colorado Highway 14 for 13 miles to Weld County Road 103. (This is the"Keota Turnoff.") Follow Weld County 103 north for 4.8 miles, following the signs for Pawnee Buttes. Youll be going north for 3 miles on Weld County 105 to a "T" intersection with Weld County 104. Head east on 104 for 3 miles, then go north on Weld County 111 for 4 miles to the Buttes Trailhead turnoff. The trailhead is 1 mile from this last intersection.

Overall, Pawnee Buttes Trail is the 26th most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Pawnee Buttes Trail including Poudre River Canyon, Lory State Park, Flowers Trail, Crosier Mountain Trail and Horsetooth Mountain Park.


Local Contact(s):  PNG (970) 353-5004; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Base Camp:  Hitchhiker (800) 421-4013; Snow Mountain Ranch; Arapahoe Ski Lodge (800) 754-0094

Luxury Loding:  The Vintage Hotel (970) 726-8801; Winter Park Mountain Lodge (970) 726-4211; Zephyr Mountain Lodge (970) 726-6669

Breakfast Restaurant:  The Kitchen; Higher Grounds; Last Waltz

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  40.8116, -104.0018

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  15000


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