Pawnee National Grasslands
A unique part of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest is the vast open prairie east of Fort Collins called the Pawnee National Grasslands. Hundreds of years ago, camps of nomadic Indian tribes lived throughout these grasslands until the late 19th Century. The Pawnee National Grasslands include 193,000 acres of public land in two areas located 30 miles east of Fort Collins. Plenty of recreational opportunities are available here along with camping.
The Pawnee National Grasslands are best known for birding and attract large groups of birders throughout the year. The area is home to several high plaines species as well as the Colorado State Bird, the lark bunting. Read more info about birding in Fort Collins here.