OverviewCrow Butte was written in the Chadron Record newspaper. Bighorn sheep and deer are seen on Crow Butte, and there are rare sightings of mountain lions. Rattlesnakes can be a problem on some parts of Crow Butte, except during winter. But, the greatest difficulty in reaching the summit is a combination of soft rock, sometimes unstable, along with the extent of the sheer sides around the butte. There are two routes that make the summit accessible. One starts on the east side, while the other begins on the southwest corner and winds around to the northwest corner.
UPDATE: Crow Butte did not escape the massive forest fires of September, 2012. While damage is not as great as some adjacent areas, please do not plan any expeditions here until landowners will give you permission and assurance that post-forest fire hazards have been minimized.
Getting ThereCrow Butte can be reached by county roads, either from Highway 20, or from Highways 2 & 71. While Crow Butte is just a few miles southeast of Crawford, probably the best thing for visitors to do is stop at the National Forest Service office at 125 North Main Street in Chadron and pick up a map of the area. Chadron is around 25 miles east of Crow Butte, on Highways 20 & 385. The forest service map will show main roads and back roads, plus where public and private property lines are at.
Crow Butte Outfitters may be the quickest resource for obtaining permission for a climb. Crow Butte Outfitters
CampingThere are a variety of campgrounds in the area. The closest are at Crawford and at Fort Robinson, only a few miles away. The Crawford Chamber of Commerce (308-665-1817) and the main office at Fort Robinson (308-665-2900) can each give you more specific information on camping locations, services, and rates. There are also excellent camping facilities at Chadron State Park, 30 miles east. You can get complete camping information for Chadron from the Chamber of Commerce office there (308-432-4401). You can also try these links:
Fort Robinson State Park
Chadron State Park