Snowshoe to Rowley Homestead at Snow Mountain Ranch

Snowshoe to Rowley Homestead at Snow Mountain Ranch

Snow Mountain Ranch

Distance

3 Miles

Elevation Gain

100 Feet

Activities

Snowshoeing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jennifer Broome

Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildlife

This is a family-friendly snowshoe outing that takes you to an old ranch homestead. At Rowley Homestead at Snow Mountain Ranch, you get a glimpse of what life was like for a Rocky Mountain rancher in the early 1900s. Snow Mountain Ranch is part of the YMCA of the Rockies and is ultra-family friendly.

At Snow Mountain Ranch, you can strap on the snowshoes and heading to an old homestead on the ranch. It is about 3 mile round trip adventure.

You snowshoe through the woods and by some of the cabins at Camp Chief Ouray. On the trail, check out the aspen trees. You can see the markings where the elk have munched on the trees. Elk eat bark about 6 to 8 feet up a tree so you can measure how much snow you’re standing on. You might even see the marking made by bears. In addition to elk and bears, be on the lookout for moose. They are often seen at Snow Mountain Ranch in the winter.

At the split in the road, take the right fork to continue to the homestead.

Fred Rowley’s homestead was established in 1919. Rowley was a local pioneer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The main house was the first building built in 1919.

Really well preserved, you can explore around the main house, barns, and other buildings. As you wander around, you get a glimpse into the way of life as a Rocky Mountain rancher in the early 1900s.

You can take a break and sit on the hay bales on the porch of the logger cabin.

There’s a horse hay barn, milking barn, goat barn, and hog house along with some old farming equipment.

Snow Mountain Ranch is part of the YMCA of the Rockies. It is in Granby, Colorado, not far from Winter Park Ski Resort. You do not have to be a guest of the ranch to enjoy the trails. Day passes, rentals, lessons, and guided tours are available for nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $385/night

The Woods

Frisco, Colorado

From $168/night

Copper Springs

Frisco, Colorado

From $145/night

The Greens

Frisco, Colorado

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Nordic Ski It!!!

A neat little place. Not a ton to see but super accessible.

Distance

3 Miles

Elevation Gain

100 Feet

Activities

Snowshoeing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jennifer Broome

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Summit Byers Peak

Adventure

Ice Fish on Lake Granby

Adventure

Snowshoe Jim Creek Trail

Adventure

Backpack to Mirror and Crater Lakes

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Related Stories

chillin

Patagonia's "Treeline" Is a Celebration of Our Dependence on Trees

Patagonia's newest release featuring the importance of forests all around the world. Follow skier...

activities

"Far Away" - Climbing in LiMing, China

Jenny Fischer and Kat Whipple traveled to Liming, China to attempt a first ascent in one of climb...

destinations

8 Bucket List Canyoneering Adventures in Southern Utah

It's cold, rainy and windy at home, which means I'm daydreaming about Southern Utah.

how-to

Senate Passes Historic Public Lands Package

This is great news, but we still need you to take action!

More Stories