Pawnee Pioneer Trails


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationCO
  • Length128 miles
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Pawnee Pioneer Trails


This drive takes visitors through the rugged Colorado Piedmont, a wide-open region anchored by the towering Pawnee Buttes.Travelers can imagine how the shortgrass prairie appeared to Native Americans many centuries ago, and to the frontiersmen, cattle ranchers, and homesteaders who followed. Here, nineteenth-century settlers endured the hardships of wind, drought, and isolation. Today, the communities that remain are as tough and resilient as the land they occupy, hardy symbols of America's pioneering spirit.

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