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The focal point of the 193,000-acre Pawnee National Grassland are the iconic Pawnee Buttes, two outcrops that rise 300-feet from the flat grassland. Take the Pawnee Buttes Trail to explore East Pawnee Butte, and West Pawnee Butte, a 4-mile round-trip. Though they have stood strong and tall battling time, wind, and water, they are made of a fine clay-rich sedimentary rock and can crumble easily. Climbing harms them and can also disturb wildlife. Rattlesnakes live in the grass, so please stick to designated trails. Note, from March 1-June 30, the north overlook and cliffs near the Pawnee Buttes are closed to the public for raptor nesting protection.
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