Mom and dad went to a western-history museum on Saturday since it was another hot and muggy day. I can’t tell you about it because I didn’t get to go. I stayed at home and enjoyed our nice, cool tile floor. Sticking with a western theme, though, I thought I would share about a time we went to the Pawnee Buttes National Grasslands, located in Northeastern Colorado.
It lies a little over an hour east of Loveland, Colorado, and you get there on CO 392 E and connect to CO 14 E. Looks for signs. The Pawnee are a Plains Indian tribe who are headquartered in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and the grasslands is named for them.
When you get there, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. You get an idea of what the earlier settlers of the west faced: winds, dry conditions, wintery weather. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. We went in the winter, so the temperatures were cold. If you go in the summer, be sure it isn’t too hot for your pup’s paws. Very few facilities are available for humans.
We took the Pawnee Butte Trail, which is about 4.5 miles. It takes you to the two big buttes and goes by an old establishment where a windmill is still standing. The grasses were blowing in the wind. If only they could talk, I am sure they would have some very interesting stories to tell about this land.
Keep your eyes out as you hike as this is home to tons of prairie dogs. Uh, duh! Coyotes also roam the area as do deer, fox, and snakes. All sorts of birds call the grasslands home, so if you enjoy that, bring your binoculars.
Since it was a rather chilly day (oh how good that sounds right about now), we did our hike and headed home, back toward the mountains. It’s definitely a different side of Colorado you might not expect, but it has its own beauty and wildness. We live in such a diverse country; I hope you get out and explore it.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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