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Pawnee Buttes Camping Trip

Date: Friday, June 27, 2014 to Saturday, June 28, 2014
Presented by: Rocky Mountain Chapter
Leader: Chris Applegate - 417-294-0698
Level: Easy
Cost: For those that wish to carpool with other participants, please help reimburse for gas usage. There is no fee for dispersed camping near the buttes.
Signup Restrictions: Families and friends are all invited, but we are limited to 30 people total.
Bring: Camping gear, food, hat, lotion, water, and the 10 essentials.
Location: Pawnee Butte Trail Head, Grover, CO 80729, USA
Cancellation: Activity is held rain or shine, but may be altered due to inclement weather
Carpool: We will be carpooling the best we can. Please be sure to register, as people will be signing up from different areas. We will coordinate carpooling locations depending on who signs up and where participants are located.
Informaton about Pawnee Buttes

Pawnee Buttes Camping Trip

Ever wanted to visit the majestic Pawnee Buttes in northeastern Colorado? Want to explore this beautiful area with a fun group? You're in luck, the Colorado Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Campaign is hosting a car camping trip to northeastern Colorado to visit the Pawnee Buttes, which are nestled in the Pawnee National Grasslands in Weld County. The buttes offer eye-popping views of the eastern plains where there has been a surge of energy development surrounding these iconic buttes. Fracking and wind energy development have both changed the landscape in the area. We will be camping and hiking this area along with a tour of the wind farm to the north of the buttes, called the Cedar Creek Wind Farm which will take place Friday, June 27th at 1:30 PM.

We will also have Dr. Joseph Falke, a professor from the University of Colorado who has a deep passion and knowledge about the changing landscape around Pawnee Buttes to talk to us about these ongoing changes.

Friday: Depending on the location of registered participants, we will have arranged car pools set up to leave between 5 pm and 6 pm to join us for camping Friday night and hiking in the morning. Driving time takes roughly 2 1/2 hours to get to our destination. Participants should bring their own food for the duration of the trip. The Sierra Club will provide some evening snacks for those that attend the car camping that evening.

Saturday: We will start the morning off at 9 am with a 5 mile roundtrip hike to the base of the beautiful buttes. The terrain has one steeper slope towards the beginning of the trail and the incline around the mesa is more of a steady incline. The hike should last around 2 hours roundtrip.

Upon our return from the hike we will get to learn more about the changes in this beautiful area and how fracking is affecting the region and to learn about the Sierra Club's work on energy development issues. We will do all this while enjoying our lunches before we embark on our journey back to our homes. We will also take a ride up to the Cedar Creek Wind Farm to the north to get a closer look at the turbines before heading back to the Front Range.

Due to conflicting issues, the wind farm tour will be moved to the fall to allow more time for participants to get time off to attend. If you're interested, please email Chris Applegate at .

Cedar Creek Wind Farm Tour

1.30 pm: Arrive at maintenance building for introductions, safety briefing, overview of the wind farm, how wind energy works and environmental update.

2:00 pm: Depart for tour of the wind farm in provided transportation.

3:00 pm: Tour ends and we proceeded to Pawnee Buttes to set up camp for the evening and further discussion.