Crow Valley Campground
Aliases: Pawnee National Grasslands Work Station, Bidwell Lake
This Forest Service campground is one of the only places on the Pawnee National Grassland with water and trees, which makes it a prime destination for migrant birds in spring and fall. Warblers, vireos, thrushes, and flycatchers can sometimes be numerous in the campground, with good chances for vagrants from the east. Eastern Screech-Owls nest here, and in winter, Long-eared Owls sometimes roost in the evergreens. The areas on the south edge and north edge of the campground are usually better areas and have trails. The trail to the north starts at the group campground at the northwest corner of the campground and birders are allowed through the gate (be sure to close it) on the trail and onto the land north, but please leave nothing behind when you leave. During spring, there can be White-faced Ibis and other wading and water birds in that area to the north. The campground is very popular with visitors on spring and summer weekends, and please note that hunting occurs here in season. The campground is closed from November to April, but you can still park outside the gate and walk in.
Directions: From I-25: exit 269-A, CO 14/Mulberry St. and go east for 38 miles to Briggsdale. Head north on CR 77 about 150 yards and then east into the campground.
Dates of Access: April to mid-September (closed from November to April), walk in access year round
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Camping, April to mid-September
Handicapped Access: ADA access to some gravel roads and trails