Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.
The parking lot and trailhead is directly off the road at the bottom of trail ridge road in the valley. There's one cabin next to lot, then a .9 mile flat walk across the valley to the other cabins.
Nice break after or between hikes, this is a relaxing hike/walk to the Never Summer Ranch area. The Never Summer Ranch is no longer there, but the original Holzwarth home, out buildings, and Trout Lodge have been preserved. There are park volunteers to answer questions, give historical information, give a tour inside the home, and information of other buildings, some you can go in or view in. We had an additional treat as a young moose was in a pond very close to the trail road.
Road is rustic but doable . Couldn't get to the trail, got to parking lot at the end and map still showed .9 miles , hiked a mile or so out on the only trail that was 2.6 miles. As we were leaving saw a sign further in that might have been it, but kids were done. Was really looking forward to it :(
Nice super easy and short historical walk. The previous review saying it's hard to get to is incorrect - must have been referring to a different trail. P
Nice easy hike to several cabins that were used as a dude ranch. There is a restroom there. Lots of elk in the meadow the day we were there.
I didn't get to tour the inside of the buildings, but did walk around alot. Did get to see 2 moose & lots of Elk here. Hunting & fishing is done here. Extremely easy short hike up to the buildings.
This is a very easy hike about 3/4 of the way to the historic buildings you cross the Colorado River, good area for fly fishing, very historic hike.
Holzwarth Historic Site is an easy family-friendly 1-mile roundtrip hike through time in the Kawuneeche Valley area of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The guest ranching and homesteading eras of RMNP are preserved in a dozen or so historic buildings on the site of Never Summer Ranch.
Get the full trail write-up and photos at GreeneAdventures.com
An easy hike through a meadow to an old fishing resort camp.