|Historic Site sign|
From the old miner's cabin we hiked the mostly level trail towards the Holzwarth site crossing the Colorado River and enjoying sweeping views of the Kawuneeche Valley.
|Fences and corrals are all that remain from the Never Summer Ranch|
At just over a half-mile from the trailhead we reached the Holzwarth cabins. The cabins that make up this site were built by German immigrant, John Holzwarth Sr., in 1917. Initially the family moved to the area to start a cattle ranch but with the opening of Rocky Mountain National Park, tourism boomed and the family quickly turned their cattle ranch into a guest ranch called the Holzwarth Trout Lodge. In the day guest could stay at the lodge for $2 a day or $11 a week.
|Guest cabin at Holzwarth Trout Lodge|
|Park rangers and volunteers escort you through the property|
|Cold house at the cabin - notice the prairie grass on the roof. That is the original grass the Holzwarth's planted on top of the roof. It has been maintained all these years.|
Again, park rangers and volunteers were on the site to give tours of the cabins and tell the story of how the lodge worked.