Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
About Crow Valley Recreation Area

Crow Valley Recreation Area is set in the Pawnee National Grassland, a very popular site with bird enthusiasts. Over 200 species can be found in the area. This oasis on the prairie has cottonwoods which provide some shade and small meadows, and is surrounded by northeastern Colorado's short-grass prairie. There are ample opportunities for sports and recreation for the whole family.

Crow Valley sits at an elevation of 4,800 feet. Cottonwood and elm trees dot the landscape, providing pleasant shade in the family campground. However, the group campsiteshave little to no shade. Short grass prairie surrounds the recreation area. The Pawnee National Grassland sits east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Eroding creek drainages crisscross the area. Elevations range from 4,900 feet on the prairie to 9,500 feet at the summit of the Pawnee Buttes.

Birding, exploring nature trails, viewing wildlife and star gazing are popular activities at Crow Valley. A volleyball court, horseshoe pit and ball field are available. The Lee and Dorothy Rhoads Farm Implement Museum is located within the recreation area. The collection of tools, donated by the descendants of homesteaders, can help one imagine what life was like in pioneer days. 

Sites
15
Fee Info
Group Site Fees: 30 person Overnight Group Sites = $55 Picnic / Day Use Group site = $60 for up to 50 persons, $121 for 51-100 persons, $182 for 101 -150 persons, $182 for 151 - 200 persons, and $242 for 151-200 persons Steward Adams EDU site of $72 for 1 - 50 persons or $145 for 51 - 100 persons)
Price
$75.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Firewood Available
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Toilets
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
Location
Crow Valley Recreation Area is located in Colorado
Latitude
40.644 N
Longitude
-104.3377 W
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Directions
Located 32 miles northeast of Greeley or 14 miles east of Ault, just off State Highway 14, turn north on Weld County Road 77, travel 1/4 mile to the campground entrance on the west side of the road.
7 Reviews of Crow Valley Recreation Area
Very quiet and great bird watching.

The campground is very quiet and clean. There is great bird watching in this area. The Pawnee Buttes Trail is close and a wonderful hike in the cooler months or early morning.

Great except the truck noise

Great camp sites. Spacious and clean. Great little place. We were almost all alone in mid October with a full moon. Unfortunately, the big trucks on the roads near by were very noisy downshifting at the 4 way stop sign just outside the park. All day and into the night.

Way out on the Prairie

When you think Colorado you think endless mountains, but a good chunk of CO is prairie and grasslands. We enjoyed exploring this part of the state, complete with pronghorn antelopes, deer, birds, burrowing owls, sunsets, crazy thunderstorms, buttes, and rolling hills. Yes there are some windmills, oil rigs, cattle farms, etc. here, but the beauty of this landscape surpassed all of that development. Crow Valley campground is lushly wooded along a river with some pavilions and ball fields, plus short little hiking trails. We came out here to do the birding tour and enjoyed the camping just as much. It’s amazing how empty the prairie seems until you take a closer look.

Way out on the Prairie

When you think Colorado you think endless mountains, but a good chunk of CO is prairie and grasslands. We enjoyed exploring this part of the state, complete with pronghorn antelopes, deer, birds, burrowing owls, sunsets, crazy thunderstorms, buttes, and rolling hills. Yes there are some windmills, oil rigs, cattle farms, etc. here, but the beauty of this landscape surpassed all of that development. Crow Valley campground is lushly wooded along a river with some pavilions and ball fields, plus short little hiking trails. We came out here to do the birding tour and enjoyed the camping just as much. It’s amazing how empty the prairie seems until you take a closer look.

Quiet and uncrowded

Nice place to spead out and enjoy the Grasslands. You can easily have the whole place to yourself esp. if you go during the week.

Pawnee Grasslands

This is the only campground in Pawnee National Grasslands, though you can also camp almost anywhere along public land (get a free map from the ranger office or online). This is the beginning and end of the Pawnee birding driving tour and less than an hour from the Buttes themselves. The campground is fairly open but shady. It was empty when I went in late spring (peak birding season). There are bathrooms & water, large cooking pavilions, short hiking trails, a stream, a baseball diamond, and a “museum” showing some historic farm equipment (it’s outdoors and there isn’t too much info, still neat though). There are no stores in this area at all so make sure you have what you need before venturing out.

First to Review
Pawnee Grasslands

This is the only campground in Pawnee National Grasslands, though you can also camp almost anywhere along public land (get a free map from the ranger office or online). This is the beginning and end of the Pawnee birding driving tour and less than an hour from the Buttes themselves. The campground is fairly open but shady. It was empty when I went in late spring (peak birding season). There are bathrooms & water, large cooking pavilions, short hiking trails, a stream, a baseball diamond, and a “museum” showing some historic farm equipment (it’s outdoors and there isn’t too much info, still neat though). There are no stores in this area at all so make sure you have what you need before venturing out.