Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch

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Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch is a 1.2 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.

1.2 miles
49 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


cross country skiing



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

nature trips
9 days ago

Well-interpreted historic site. Worth the short walk with kids.

24 days ago

Love the west side of RMNP for less crowds and wildlife. Nice little walk with a good chance to see wildlife.

26 days ago

5/25. Nice walk with beautiful views. We saw a moose which was a wonderful surprise! We walked up to the old village but did not walk around the village.

9 months ago

We took the short guided tour of one of the cabins heard the very interesting story behind the property. The trail to the site crosses over the beginnings of the Mighty Colorado River. A Cow Moose with calf were hanging out by the parking when we went to leave. Nice side trip off the Trail Ridge Road.

9 months ago

You may spot a moose in the river!!!

9 months ago

Holzwarth Historic Site is a very easy walk that my kids loved. The staff there was friendly and patience. My kids were able to try on the buffalo jacket that they have there and they all tried to rope the fake steer there. We had a lot of fun learning about how they lived and on our way back we had to stop mid trail due to elk walking on it. Nice, easy trail that is good for any level. We walked it on June 30th.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Such a cute trail with some amazing Volunteers ready to tell the History of the place. As I was leaving Several Moose were running right for me and they stopped and looked.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Loved this easy walk and the historical site- kids had a good time exploring here.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

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 :(

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

Friday, June 12, 2015

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.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

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.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

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.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

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.

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Friday, July 08, 2011

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

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