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We would have given this trail 4-5 stars last summer. Nice ponds, numerous trails, dog friendly, and even saw a moose that forced us to go through The Maze. In fact, this is where my profile pic was taken. However, went today and at least the entire north along River Trail is completely logged and piles of debris are covering the trails. Not sure which trails are still good. I would stay to the east and take Warbler trail to the south of The Maze. I hope at least the east and south are good.

8 months ago

Just hiked it with my uncle, cousin, brother and niece, all Shipler's and have a family tie to Joseph Shipler who lived in the cabin for over 30 years. Beautiful country and great hike.

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.

You may spot a moose in the river!!!

All the trails are surrounded by dead or cut down trees. Not an interesting hike at all.

good trail. mountain biking. lots of options

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.

It's a nice mild hike, nothing too steep or too hazardous. There's a lot of criss-crossing trails to choose from, we followed the River Trail, which has a nice payoff. It seemed like there were a lot of cars in the parking lot, but we only ran into two people and a family of mountain bikers. Downside: there is a lot of fallen timber & logging, and swaths of it are kinda depressing to see. Saw two deer, plenty of chipmunks, but no moose or bears.

Fun, but not for family. Lots of rocks

10 months ago

Nice hike but due to the pine beetle - significant tree damage along hike. Ending spot is nice place on the river.

The trail was in amazing shape and really well maintained, so if this review was just based on that I would give it 5 stars! However, there were sooo many downed trees that it looked like you were walking through some sort of post apocalyptic movie scene. For that reason I can only give it 3 stars.

Horrible trail. They are logging everything down around this trail but no sign anywhere telling you this. Not great views whatsoever

10 months ago

Great hike! Signs everywhere to help guide you. Fairly easy trails. There are lots of resting spots with benches and views. The river of course the best part, great place to grab some grub. Great for dogs. Found it to be lightly trafficked, always that noontime though gets busy.

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.

11 months ago

Good level trail. Some sections are closed due to logging activity. Saw no wildlife today.

11 months ago

Lots of beautiful ponds to hike around, great for kids and dogs. Not difficult with lots of signage, but easy to get turned around as there are lots of trails and logging roads. Ends near the Colorado River with some nice views.

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Don't try this in winter... as far as I can tell the trail is not used in winter but does intersect with trails groomed by the nordic center. We snowshoed a short while following some other tracks and when we came back a grumpy nordic center employee drove to the trailhead to tell us we should have brought a trail pass. Not the best experience.

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.

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

great trail to take dogs on. some signs are kind of vague. bring plenty of water.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A great easy hike with several elk. The Red Mtn. trail was tougher and mostly uphill, but the nature was worth it, so was the gorgeous creek!

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 :(

Friday, July 22, 2016

Avoid the crowds by hiking up Red Mtn. To pick up this junction, head out along CO River Trail for about .3 mi., hike through the meadow, then start your climb.

The Red Mtn trail could be quite wet under other circumstances, but mid July offered good conditions. The Red Mtn trail features a steady climb up through a beautiful new growth forest. Higher up, the trees open for great views. Also, higher up on the trail, several dark water ponds add interest to the hike. We started the hike mid day so had to turn around after several hrs to beat the typical approaching afternoon rain.

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful marshes blending into lily pad ponds reminiscent of monet's paintings! The trail can often be confusing, leaden with signs which seem to only make it more confusing. The forest is thick and beautiful yet also paranoia inducing. Large boulders, fallen logs and a carved wooden bear all make for small heart attacks :). Keep an eye out for moose as you most definitely will see one or two. Early June towards the end of summer is a dangerous time for moose encounters, as often the mom is rearing babies. Be careful, I cannot stress this enough, moose are not afraid to stomp your head in!!!!!! Keep talking somewhat loudly throughout the hike to avoid spooking anything. Other than that, a simply gorgeous hike that keeps the mind and body in constant movement!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The trail is washed out part of the way which made it interesting! Fun hike! Beautiful scenery - we saw elk and mountain goats.

Sunday, October 04, 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.

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.

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