Charles Hepburn established the Kenosha House near the top of Kenosha Pass in 1865 and later built a way stop on his ranch a bit further down the mountain. He married Agnes Wood and they played host to candidate for vice-presidency Schuler Colfax in 1868. Colfax and his running mate, Ulysses S. Grant won the election and when the Hepburns established a post office two years later, they named it Grant. Once a thriving railroad stop, nearly all the original buildings of the early days are gone from Grant. The road that leads from Grant over Guanella Pass has been designated a National Scenic Byway and is a favorite drive from Grant to Georgetown in Clear Creek County. Today, visitors may explore this 22-mile historic route by car as it climbs above treeline and plunges into deep forests on either side, or hike the many area trails to experience the wide variety of eco-environments including lush valleys and fragile mountain-top tundra.
The nearby Colorado Trail is Colorado’s premier long distance trail. Stretching almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango, it travels through the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains including Kenosha Pass, amongst peaks with lakes, creeks and diverse ecosystems. Travelers approaching Grant in the cold months are very likely to have a chance to meet the herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep who love to lick the winter salt from the roadway and slow down the traffic heading for the ski areas. While they appear docile, the sheep prefer a hands-off approach, though they will tolerate photographers working from inside autos.