Britton and I decided to take a day trip out to eastern Weld County to see one of the only landmarks that is out there: the Pawnee Buttes. We had visited before but it had been at least 10 years and we had never gone together.
Our first stop on the 70-80 mile trek from Greeley was the small town of Grover. Grover is not quite a ghost town, but pretty small, with only about 100 people. We stopped to check out some of the old abandoned houses there and decided they would make good settings for a creepy zombie or other horror movie.
The whole time we were out we could imagine Native Americans traveling through and then the old west time of the 1800s trying to make it out on the dusty flatlands of Northeastern Colorado.
However, one thing that has markedly changed the landscape is the wind power in the area. As we entered the Pawnee National Grasslands we were awed by these huge, gigantic windmills that looked like something out of a science fiction movie. I mean, we have seen them from a distance before, but never had we been right up underneath them. They were staggering as they swooped around and around gathering the wind that is so prevalent out there.
Check it out in this video! I am the small being at the bottom.
Finally we made it to the trailhead of the Pawnee Buttes. From there it is about a 2 mile walk to the actual buttes themselves and we had to walk through pretty harsh terrain of spiky yucca plants and cactus.
On the way back home we spotted this fence with cow skulls hanging from it. I thought it was cool and strange and definitely worth a photo since the light was just right:
In sum, it was a fun day trip into the wilderness of the Colorado High Plains and I would recommend you try it, if you haven’t yet. And if you want to maximize your driving out to the middle of nowhere, also time it to go to the Grover Rodeo on Father’s Day weekend to see an old fashioned rodeo with real cowboys. Happy Trails!