A Camp for All Ages at YMCA of the Rockies

By Tori Peglar ,

Fall Hayride at Snow Mountain Ranch

Photo courtesy of YMCA of the Rockies

Choose between the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center on the Rocky Mountain National Park's east side or YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch on the west side for great activities and lodging options. 

1. Get Active

Hiking at Snow Mountain Ranch

Photo courtesy of YMCA of the Rockies

Why go: New in April 2018, the Boone Family Mountain Center at the Estes Park location houses all adventure activities, including an indoor climbing wall and bouldering wall.

Tip: At Snow Mountain Ranch, hike the 2-mile round-trip Waterfall Trail, which after undergoing construction, is wider than before and enables you to reach the top of the waterfall.

2. Fly through the Air

Ziplining at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center 

Ali Pfenninger

Why go: The Estes Park location debuted its new zipline in fall 2017. Built to accommodate kids and adults who weigh between 50-270 pounds, it takes you 35 feet above the ground for a 370-foot ride through the sky.

For kids: At Snow Mountain Ranch, younger kids can swing on the new mini-zipline built for children to ride it unassisted with a soft landing the whole stretch. It’s part of the Spruce Saddle Adventure Zone that opened in fall 2017.

Spruce Saddle Zipline at Snow Mountain Ranch

Photo courtesy YMCA of the Rockies

3. Crafts Galore

Why go: Whether you are a Pinterest fanatic who is constantly crafty or have not picked up a paintbrush since high school art class, you’ll lose track of time creating leather, jewelry and wood pieces, painting ceramics and making sand designs.

Tip: Crafts always take longer than you think, so avoid going at the end of the day just before the studio closes.

4. Saddle Up

Trail riding with Sombrero Ranch at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of YMCA of the Rockies

Why go: From the Estes Park location, you can go on a trail ride right into Rocky Mountain National Park. At Snow Mountain, you'll ride through the forest, passing the historic Rowley homestead.

Tip: Don’t want to ride? Take a wagon ride at either location.

5. Stay Awhile

Why go: Both YMCA locations offer lodges and cabins for overnight stays.

Tip: When you stay at the YMCA locations, you get a Stay Pass wristband, which gives you free access to most activities. 

Enjoy breathtaking views of Rocky Mountain National Park right from your room, where elk have been known to wander right up to your window. Rooms in the main lodges start at $79, or opt to stay in a private cabin on the property, starting at $99. Cabins range from 2 to 5 bedrooms, and retreat cabins that can sleep up to 72 guests in 16 bedrooms.

For More Information:

YMCA Estes Park Center
2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511
(888) 612-9622

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
1101 County Road 53, Granby, CO 80446
(970) 887-2152