Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch

EASY 39 reviews
#85 of 179 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

walking
9 days ago

Great short hike with kids. We did the “walk back through time” program that was offered by the Visitor center and it was incredible. It was a 2 hour program that you have to sign up for in advance. It rained on us the whole time but it was still an amazing experience for the kids

The trail is quite wide and flat; very driveway-like. The trailhead is easy to access, and the pleasant walk through the meadow to get to the site was lovely. We saw an entire heard of elk huddled together to try to shelter from the rain.
Lovely.

hiking
21 days ago

Stopped at this one while cruising trail ridge road. Nice little trail that was easy with a cool little old town to check out. Bridge over Colorado river was beautiful. Took us a half hour.

24 days ago

A great easy, flat walk to do with young kids. The homestead is a fascinating look at the hard life of early settlers. The volunteers could not have been any nicer or more helpful. They were super knowledgeable and friendly. Our kids (ages 5-12) leaned a lot and received their Junior Ranger badges and had a ball! Bonus-We saw a mama moose and calf very close to the cabins. Please note that the homestead cabins close at 4:30 so even though you can walk the gravel trail there won’t be anything to see if you go after that time.

walking
28 days ago

This is a nice/easy walk on the west side of RMNP. Not too much to see along the way. They website said the cabins would be open but once we reached them they were not so my kids were a little disappointed. Very easy walk for small children or people with physical limitations.

1 month ago

Great introduction to RMNP

nature trips
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months 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.

hiking
11 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.

11 months ago

You may spot a moose in the river!!!

11 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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

Get the full trail write-up and photos at GreeneAdventures.com

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2011

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

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