Not really a pristine area, the National Grasslands is a patchwork of ranches, open prairie and some oil and gas develoment. It was really quite beautiful and in this very wet year, it was green and full of wildflowers. We camped in a very quiet and lovely spot and took a drive over to the Pawnee Buttes for a hike. The buttes are one of the few remnants of the prairie floor as it existed millions of years ago. Almost all of that soft sandstone has eroded away, but a hard cap of rock protected the buttes from erosion, leaving the several-hundred-foot-high monoliths as they are today. It was a very beautiful place and one that few people even know about, much less visit.
|Our camping spot in the grasslands|
|A storm approaches|
|This creek is usually dry, but this year it is flooded|
|The Pawnee Butte trail|
|View of the buttes from a distance|