AA Bar Ranch (AA Barn) Group Picnic Site


Reservable, day-use site for group picnics and other gatherings next to the Colorado River, Rocky Mountain National Park, and a historic barn that is available for indoor activities. Site not shaded. Motorized access to site and use of barn facilities are by reservation only. Visitors may access on foot to the river and Nat’l Park trails. Dogs on leash at site, but prohibited in the Nat’l Park. Maximum number of people is 10 per day.


This barn is adjacent to a hiking entry point to Rocky Moutain National Park and has great fishing opportunities.


The AA Barn is an enclosed space and has two floors. The upper floor has a small stairway for access and is just one large room. The lower floor has electricity. The barn can be very cold late into the summer season due to the lack of sunlight and lack of heater. The barn can also get very hot during warm summer afternoons. The outside corrals are not suitable for livestock but do make beautiful photography backgrounds. Outside of the barn, there may be temporary, portable toilets. The barn is at the end of a gated, drivable road. The public has access to walk on the road but does not have access to drive down the driveway.

Natural Features

The mountains in this area of Colorado are beautiful but the lodgepole pine beetle killed trees can be a challenge when it comes to photographs. The AA Barn used to be a working ranch and old corrals can be found on site. The Colorado River headwaters are adjacent to this barn and it is just below the Shadow Mountain Reservoir dam.


This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (970) 887-4100.

Nearby Attractions

From the intersection of U.S. Highways 40 and 34 in Granby, travel north for 12 miles on Highway 34 to County Road 66 and go east one mile. Look for the Green Ridge Complex sign (County Road 66, Forest Road 274). Turn right on CR 66 and drive to end. Access through gate is issued with reservation upon calling the office during normal business hours.


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