Pawnee Grasslands Reservoir Loop

Briggsdale, Colorado (Weld County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 17.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 5395 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Briggsdale
Nearest Town w/ Services: Briggsdale
Official Road Name: 701, 102, 612, 65, 674, 672, 108
Management Agency: Pawnee National Grasslands
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Highlights

Highlight: Pawnee Grasslands Reservoir Loop
Sprawling across the plains northeast of Greeley Colorado, the Pawnee Grasslands are criss-crossed by a network of gravel county roads and two-track dirt Forest Service Roads. These easy roads offer an alternative to the usual mountain ‘wheeling of the Colorado Rockies, especially from late fall to early spring when many of the mountain trails are snowed in. You can imagine how important water would be on the arid plains of the grasslands. This offroad route takes you past three small reservoirs constructed to conserve this vital resource. The trail also crosses Crow Valley Hill, the highest point in this area of the grasslands, past the Crow Valley Hill Communications Tower.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn right off of County Road 104 just after the cattle guard onto Forest Service Road 701 and go south along the fence line.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ault

Go to the town of Ault either by going west on CO 14 from Fort Collins or by going north on US 85 from Greeley. From Ault go east on CO 14 about 7 miles. CO 14 will make a big curve to go northeast for about 5.8 miles. Just as it curves back to go due east again, turn left onto CR 57. There is a small informational Kiosk on the right as you turn onto CR 57. This could be interesting if you are not familiar with the Grasslands. Take CR 57 north for seven miles, then turn right on CR 104. Go east on CR 104 for a half of a mile. The road jig-jogs to the right and then back to the left as it crosses a cattle guard. The trailhead is on the right just past the cattle guard.

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Trail Reviews (5)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Can you ride ATV's on this road?
–brian (07/12/2018)
–Bill Andrews (07/13/2018)

Writer Information

Bill Andrews

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Bill is an off-road enthusiast with nearly 30 years of 'wheeling experience. At one time he had a streak of about 20 years of 4-wheeling at least once a month. He likes anything from easy, dirt roads to difficult trails but stops short of extreme. Over the years he has traveled over 700 different trails, mostly in Colorado and Utah. He loves finding and exploring new areas and sharing his knowledge with others. He has been the coordinator of Calvary 4-Wheelers for many years.
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