Welcome to Trail River Ranch

The Trail River Ranch is a historic ranch located 5 miles north of downtown Grand Lake, now serving as a one-of-a-kind education center. Built on the confluence of Bowen and Baker Creeks and the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley, the Trail River Ranch is the only facility of its kind on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The ranch features a variety of pristine Rocky Mountain terrain, including mountain streams, wildflower meadows, alpine woodlands, and other natural features that complement the ranch’s historic buildings. The Continental Divide Trail runs right alongside the Trail River Ranch property, inviting hikers from all over the world to visit.

Friends of the Trail River Ranch is a volunteer organization with the mission to preserve, restore, and repurpose the ranch to create a unique educational and outdoor facility for public use on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Many Grand County businesses and organizations (such as GLMRD, TU, GCWIN, GL Rotary, Shadow Cliff, the Cozens Ranch Museum, and the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce) recognize Trail River Ranch’s potential for positive economic impact. These businesses and organizations provide the ranch with program partnerships, volunteers, discounts, and financial support.

The Trail River Ranch can be used for a variety of educational events and activities. 20 different educational events were held in 2013 alone, including a family fly-fishing day, Mozart concert, “Wildflowers & Watercolors” painting workshop, and a writer’s workshop.

Over 450 guests from all around the country participated in the ranch events. Staffed by over 50 volunteers, ranch events were often sold out. Apparently word is spreading about the exciting events at Trail River Ranch!

Currently additional funding is needed to restore and preserve the ranch for future generations. Last August’s pledge drive raised over $20,000 in money and in in-kind donations. However, the ranch still needs $50,000 to complete required repairs in 2014.

With the continued help of our supporters and patrons, we can preserve the history of the Trail River Ranch and continue to grow the facility as an educational center and as a source of pride for the Grand Lake community and for Rocky Mountain National Park.

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