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Near Granby in Grand County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Never Summer Ranch

 
 
Never Summer Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 25, 2020
1. Never Summer Ranch Marker
Inscription.  One of the Kawuneeche Valley's first dude ranches once thrived here. In 1917, German immigrants Sophia and John G. Holzwarth built their homestead here, after wartime prohibition closed their saloon in Denver. Originally ranchers, they began hosting friends from the city at their "Holzwarth Trout Lodge" in the 1920s.

More visitors followed. The Never Summer Ranch, as it was later known, offered fishing, hunting, and horseback rides. Guest stayed in rustic cabins or a lodge that once stood in the meadow before you. In 1975, Never Summer Ranch and Holzwarth Homestead became part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Although the newer buildings were removed to restore the meadow, this dirt road leads to the Holzwarth's or original homestead buildings.

Picture Caption: In its historic heyday, the Never Summer Ranch offered horseback riding, hunting, and "all the trout you can catch" for $2.00 dollars a day or $11.00 a week.
 
Erected by USDI National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas

Never Summer Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 25, 2020
2. Never Summer Ranch Marker
This meadow was the site of the Never Summer lodge
Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 40° 22.381′ N, 105° 51.389′ W. Marker is near Granby, Colorado, in Grand County. Marker is on Ditch Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Granby CO 80446, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moose (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); People of Kawuneeche Valley (about 600 feet away); Holzwarth Trout Lodge 1920-29 (approx. ¼ mile away); Continental Divide (approx. 4 miles away); Gore Range (approx. 6.2 miles away); Trail Ridge Road at Rock Cut (approx. 7.1 miles away); Old Fall River Road (approx. 7.2 miles away); Roger Wolcott Toll (approx. 7½ miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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