The Pawnee National Grassland offers the ultimate open space.  Please treat our National Grassland with respect.  Be considerate and responsible.   If you bring it, be prepared to leave with it.


Directions to NCR’s launch sites are pretty simple.  If this will be your first time attending an NCR launch event, please remember to bring plenty of water, sunblock, and a chair (optional).  There is no natural shade at either of our launch sites.

A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit. 
Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 


Pawnee North Site

Location 40.885835,-104.638787

  • Take I25 to exit 269A, Colorado Highway 14 EAST.
  • Go east on Highway 14 to the intersection with US Highway 85.
  • turn North on Highway 85 and continue thru Pierce and past Nunn approximately 11.5 miles.
  • Make a right on County Road 122 (Grover Road)
  • Follow Rd 122 8.25 miles to the intersection with County Road 45.
  • Make left onto County Road 45,opening and then closing gate as necessary*
  • Follow Rd 45 north approximately 1 mile to launch site on right side of road.

Atlas Site

Location 40.649070,-104.384445

  • Take I25 to exit 269A, Colorado Highway 14 EAST.
  • Go east on Highway 14 to the intersection with US Highway 85.
  • From the intersection of Colorado Highway 14 and US Highway 85 in Ault.
  • Continue East on Highway 14 20.3 miles, just past County Road 71
  • Make left through gate and follow road approximately 1 mile to where it curves around West to launch site


Upcoming Launches