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Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch

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Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 49 ft Route type Out & Back

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Cross country skiing

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

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Kevin Campbell
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Hiking

Easy hike to see Cabins in the woods. Saw a moose in the meadows behind the cabins.

Nicole Fletcher Roberts
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Hiking

We got a readers digest version of the history of this site from a very kind ranger. Very interesting. We enjoyed the little walk back to the cabins. Wish they were open to tour them but because of the virus they aren’t opening them up.

Tyler Jensen
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Hiking

It was pretty. We saw a heard of elk and the flowers are out.

Jeremy Scott
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Hiking

We were looking for a simple warm up trail, and with the snow this was the perfect medicine. The history here is really cool especially if you’re into early settling in the 1920s. Lots of picture opportunities and wildlife around.

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Stephanie Hawkinson
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Hiking

Easy walk on gravel trail. The history plaques were interesting to read. Amazing cabins that have been around since the 1920s.

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kat Kennedy
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Hiking

Very accessible trail - broad path with a couple of narrow lead offs to rivers and streams

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Barry Luxton
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Hiking

Nice historical walk to the ranch site.

Janis Letourneau
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Hiking

This is a busy site/trail, but not bad after Labor Day. The valley and meadow are incredibly beautiful and the historical site and accompanying graphics are very interesting. Elk are also present in the meadow. It would be a great place to visit with kids - a retro look into one of the original dude ranches in the area.

Erin B.
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Hiking

This was a perfect walk to do with our young kids. The guides were fantastic and the kids earned their Junior Ranger badges.The booklets provided helped keep everyone engaged and to notice more of our surroundings. A must do if you have kids!

Moses Ironwood
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Hiking

After a day of hiking we enjoyed the easy stroll and history lesson. There are a couple of off shoots to the river and they are well worth it. "Is that gold in the river?"

Megan N.
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Hiking

Open paved trail. Trail wasn’t exciting, but it was pretty neat and exciting to kids to see the old cabins.

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James Dies
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Hiking

pretty flowery meadow with elk and good history stories about Ranching in the valley

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Andrew Boom
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Hiking

nice well kept short path. stroller friendly, saw a few moose and elk

AotisM Masteller
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Hiking

Very easy trail. Saw a ton of wildlife including 8 moose (that’s not a typo) and lots of elk. Moose were in the valley and then behind the cabins there were 2 small moose & a huge bull. Great trail early in the day or late in the evening.

Lori N.
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Hiking

Great for kids and those needing a smooth path. we went at dusk and saw 4 moose. This is a short and easy path.

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Alexis Cook
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Walking

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.

Dave Wright
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Hiking

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.

Katie Bernsen
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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.

April Milner
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Walking

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.

Janet Rozick
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Great introduction to RMNP

Liz McLaurin
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Nature trips

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

Phil Walter
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Hiking

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

Emily Stone
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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.

Roger Chesser
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Hiking

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.

Christy Contreras
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You may spot a moose in the river!!!

Bridget Bailey
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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.

Sara M.
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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.

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

Lily Kauffman
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Hiking

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.

Gary Tindall
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Hiking

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.

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