Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch

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Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

1.1 miles 64 feet Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



fly fishing


nature trips



wild flowers


1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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 :(

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Sure, it's an easy hike, but that doesn't mean it's easy to get there. We had to move a fallen tree and the roads were pretty rugged due to washouts and a couple steep grades. You'll need to use your 4x4. If you go, look for Bowen Trail.

1 year ago

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.

2 years ago

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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

5 years ago

An easy hike through a meadow to an old fishing resort camp.