Pawnee National Grasslands

The Pawnee National Grasslands is the finest remaining example of short-grass prairie in the Great Basin.   Located about 90 minutes north of Denver or 45 minutes east of Ft. Collins, it's best to arrive as early as possible during the day to catch birds at their most active time.  With 180 square miles to cover, most of our birding is done from the car and along the roadsides.

Most birders come to the Pawnee Grasslands to find the resident breeding species including Ferruginous and Swainson’s Hawks, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover, Say’s Phoebe, Rock Wren, Lark Bunting, McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspur, and Brewer’s and Cassin’s Sparrows. Pawnee National Grasslands can be visited any time of year but the best birding is when the summer resident birds are active from April through August.

You can get an idea of what birds can be found in the grasslands at various times throughout the year with this bar graph courtesy of eBird.

Your Grasslands Birding Adventure includes

Mountain Plover adult with juvenile
  • Leadership by your experienced and friendly guide
  • Comfortable transportation for up to three participants
  • Pick up and drop off in Longmont or Fort Collins (other locations may have mileage charge)
  • The use of field guides and quality binoculars/spotting scope
  • Lunch


Our regular Full Day trips include transportation for up to 3 birders in our all-wheel drive vehicle and park entrance fees; full-day trips also include lunch. Denver meeting point additional $75. Full day is roughly 10 hours from pick up to drop off.

Full Day birding in the grasslands.  Meeting point is Ft. Collins or Longmont. 
FULL DAY$535$585$625

Trips are subject to these Terms & Conditions.