When you visit Rocky Mountain National Park, you’ll find a YMCA to stay at and do fantastic family activities near both the east side and west side of the park. 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 a fun-filled vacation.
1. Get Active
Why go: 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. Get Air
Why go: At Snow Mountain Ranch, older kids ages 8 and up and adults should check out the Forest Zip Line where you climb a 35-foot pole or ladder to ride a 600-foot-long zip line. Participants must weigh under 250 pounds.
Then enjoy summer tubing down a long white slide. Guests staying at Snow Mountain Ranch can reserve their time slot one week in advance online. If you’re just visiting for the day, you can reserve your spot the day of in the Programs Building. To find out what spots are available, it’s recommended you call the Program Department the morning of your visit to check on open times at 970-887-2152, ext. 4135.
At the Estes Park location, try out your skills in archery and axe throwing.
For kids: At Snow Mountain Ranch, younger kids can swing on the 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.
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
Why go: From the Estes Park location, you can go on a trail ride right into Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer and fall months.
Tip: Don’t want to ride? Take a wagon ride at the Estes Park 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.
2020-21 NOTE: YMCA of the Rockies is following the orders and guidelines of its local communities in order to keep all guest and staff healthy and safe. Because the guidelines change, some of the programs and services could change also. Guests can visit the What to Expect pages for each location to learn the latest about what activities are available and any current restrictions.
For More Information:
YMCA Estes Park Center
2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511
YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
1101 County Road 53, Granby, CO 80446