Did you know?
Prairie dogs have an important ecological significance. They create habitats that provide prey, shelter and forage for many animals, including black-footed ferrets, burrowing owls and mountain plovers.
Planning a stop? You’ll find:
✅ A picnic area conveniently located at the entrance of the park, but remember, do NOT feed the prairie dogs! These are still wild animals whose diet is specifically adapted to natural food NOT human food.
✅ Interpretive displays help visitors to understand prairie dogs and the role they play in our ecosystem.
✅ The landscape makes for beautiful photography.
✅ Wildlife runs abound here, see how many different creatures you can spot!
✅ Plus so much more!
Prairie dogs are very talkative and are known to have at least 11 different calls.
Black-tailed prairie dogs typically dig 15 to 40 burrow entrances per acre, that means in the 98-acre state park, there are between 1,470-3,920 burrow entrances!
These prairie dogs build a complex burrow, which can be up to seven feet deep and 25 feet long, and includes a listening chamber, dry chamber, regular chamber, and toilet, all of which serve different functions.
Within the Greycliff colony, the prairie dogs have a “coterie” which is like a prairie dog family.
Each coterie consists of an adult male, three adult females and their offspring under two years old.
If you’re planning to visit, you’re more likely to see these active creatures on a mild winter or summer day as they tend to hide when it’s too cold or hot.
Let’s get outside!