YMCA of the Rockies, Colorado

Surrounded by panoramic views of awe-inspiring mountains, celebrate the outdoors on your family reunion to the YMCA of the Rockies. With two Colorado locations, YMCA of the Rockies’ family-friendly activities, picturesque scenery and free-roaming wildlife make for everlasting memories.

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The Rocky Mountains are a place to grow and connect with nature

Nestled in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, YMCA of the Rockies offers a picturesque backdrop for family reunions. Through its variety of outdoor activities, families can disconnect from their everyday lives, and reconnect with one another to create lifetime memories. YMCA of the Rockies has two locations to choose from, and both provide families with unique experiences they won’t soon forget.

Located in northern Colorado at 7,200 feet, Estes Park is considered base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park. Fall in Estes Park is a great time to enjoy the spectacle of nature as the trees turn the hillsides golden and the wildlife delight. Elk and deer can be seen roaming freely on property and in the area as they engage in the ritual of the rut. Crisp air and clear skies create exhilarating outdoor nature and adventure experiences. Learn about the Rocky Mountain environment through family friendly classes on ecology and wildlife. Bring the whole family horseback riding or take a guided hike through the stunning wilderness. Participate in fun activities for the whole family like ice skating, roller skating, a world-class craft center and much more.

The area also offers historic and educational treasures by way of several sites listed on the National Historic Register and fun artifacts like steam cars and antique wagons. The Estes Park location offers hotel-style lodging as well as family cabins ranging from two to four bedrooms. Larger families can choose to stay in reunion cabins ranging from six bedrooms to 17 bedrooms to comfortably accommodate all group sizes and budgets.

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With so much to do during your stay, boredom simply is not an option

At Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado, families can enjoy a variety of programs and activities. In summer, explore trails and discover the local wildlife, spend a day relaxing by the water, fishing or canoeing, enjoy an exhilarating mountain bike ride or hit the summer tubing hill. In winter, the expansive Nordic Center offers more than 120 kilometers of trails for classic and skate skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking.

The Winter Fun Park also offers ice skating and tubing. Dog sledding and adventure programs with the dogs are extremely popular with guests of all ages. Year round, families can enjoy crafts, campfires, horseback riding, swimming and roller skating. Snow Mountain accommodations include hotel style lodges, reunion cabins, family cabins, yurts and a campground.

YMCA’s activities and accommodations ensure a truly multi-generational experience in which family members from the youngest to the oldest are comfortable and enjoy adventure suited to them.

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YMCA of the Rockies is a safe haven in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for reunion groups to re-connect, play together or simply relax. We offer endless recreation and so many fun activities for all ages to enjoy. The experiences a group will share become fond memories and before you know it, a tradition, which generations will treasure always.

– DB Daugherty, Reunion Specialist, YMCA of the Rockies

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Why Reunite in YMCA of the Rockies, CO

Highlights

  • Variety of accommodation options in cabins, lodge rooms, campsites and yurts
  • Onsite buffet dining and catering options
  • Free activities for guests
  • Easy access to the stunning vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Seasonal adventure activities like rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking
  • Classic winter activities such as ice skating and sledding
  • Learn about the Rocky Mountain environment through family friendly classes on ecology and wildlife.

Family-Friendly Dining Experiences in YMCA of the Rockies, CO

Family cookouts (Both locations)

Both YMCA of the Rockies locations, Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch, are ideal spots to host family cookouts. With picturesque backdrops featuring wide-open spaces, mountain views and fresh air, any family cookout will be one to remember

All-you-care-to-eat buffet (Both locations)

Guests can enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet at both YMCA of the Rockies locations: Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch. Enjoy a hearty meal before heading out for a hike or taking in the views. Grab a sandwich and snacks to go or indulge in homemade specialty desserts, cookies, fudge and fresh-baked goods.

Pine Room Restaurant (Estes Park Center)

Enjoy fine dining in the historic Pine Room. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Pine Room features Sunday brunch and dinner, lunch a la carte and a prime rib buffet dinner Monday through Friday and dinner on Saturday.

Buckboard Grill & Grocery (Snow Mountain Ranch)

Enjoy fine dining in the historic Pine Room. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Pine Room features Sunday brunch and dinner, lunch a la carte and a prime rib buffet dinner Monday through Friday and dinner on Saturday.

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Skinny Ski Café (Snow Mountain Ranch)

Stop by on a snowy day for a hot soup bread bowl, hot cocoa or a high energy snack. The Skinny Ski Café is the perfect place to relax after a day in the snow. The café is located on the second level of the Nordic Center and is open during the ski season.

Family-Friendly Attractions in YMCA of the Rockies, CO

Guided hikes (Estes Park Center)

Looking for beautiful and educational hikes in or near Rocky Mountain National Park? YMCA of the Rockies has guided hikes that are perfect for you. During the summer season, expert hikemasters lead hikes of varying difficulty to many different locations in the area. From strolling around the Y grounds to climbing peaks and trekking around beautiful alpine lakes, there are hikes available for everyone.

Snow sports (Snow Mountain Ranch)

Looking for beautiful and educational hikes in or near Rocky Mountain National Park? YMCA of the Rockies has guided hikes that are perfect for you. During the summer season, expert hikemasters lead hikes of varying difficulty to many different locations in the area. From strolling around the Y grounds to climbing peaks and trekking around beautiful alpine lakes, there are hikes available for everyone.

Horseback riding (both locations)

YMCA of the Rockies offers a variety of horseback riding options through the Jackson Stables livery located on grounds. From one-hour rides to all-day rides, every level of rider can enjoy the trail. YMCA even offers pony rides. The horseback trail rides weave through Rocky Mountain National Park and YMCA of the Rockies property. It’s a great way to get out into the backcountry.

Indoor swimming pool (both locations)

Grab your swimsuit and visit the swimming pool for some fun in the water. Heated to 83 degrees and at a length of 25 yards, you are sure to find room for relaxation and fun. Don’t forget to try out the fantastic water slide.

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Arts and crafts (both locations)

The Mootz Family Craft and Design Center is a world filled with fun arts and crafts. YMCA offers a variety of projects for children ages 2 to 102. Check out the wood and leather crafts, the jewelry area with thousands of beads, glazed and painted ceramics, tie dye and seasonal crafts like silk painting, glass fusing and basket making.

Family-Friendly Accommodations in YMCA of the Rockies, CO

2 Bedroom Mid-size Cabin

Guests can stay in lovely mid-sized cabins that fit guests of all sizes. These cabins sleep up to five guests and have a spacious living area. They also offer a full bath with all linens and towels included. The kitchen includes eating and cooking utensils, pots, pans a coffee maker and microwave.

3 Bedroom Cabin Plus (with fireplace)

This luxurious cabin sleeps up to seven guests and features a wood-burning or gas-burning fireplace. It also has a television multiple baths and all linens and towels are included. The kitchen includes eating and cooking utensils, pots, pans, a coffee maker, dishwasher and microwave.

3 Bedroom Summit Cabin Plus (with fireplace)

This fabulous cabin sleeps up to seven guests and has a wood or gas-burning fireplace. It also comes with a television, multiple baths and all linens and towels are included. The kitchen includes eating and cooking utensils, pots, pans, microwave, dishwasher and coffee makers.

Hotel-style lodge rooms (both locations)

YMCA of the Rockies features a variety of top-flight lodges that offer maximum comfort and can accommodate your every need. Central and Wind River lodges sleep up to five guests and each room has two queen beds and one single pad. Alpen Inn sleeps up to six guests, offers a full private bath and each room has a balcony or porch. Eastside Lodges were fully remodeled in 2018 and sleep up to six guests with each room featuring a queen bed and two sets of bunk beds.

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Yurts (Snow Mountain Ranch)

YMCA features yurt villages in which a variety of these portable tents can be resided in. The yurt if 20 feet (diameters) and contain a microwave, mini-fridge and prep tables inside. Linens are provided and each yurt sleeps up to six people with one queen bed and two bunk beds. Pets are allowed. One of the bathrooms is handicapped accessible and there are hair dryers, a house phone, deep well sinks and changing tables.

Family-Friendly Venues in YMCA of the Rockies, CO

Outdoor pavilions (both locations)

Those looking for a rustic and affordable locale for a reunion can enjoy one of YMCA’s outdoor pavilions. YMCA of the Rockies promises to meet your expectations with quality service, attention to detail and professionalism. Its caring staff will make your reunion a special event.

Mountainside Lodge (Estes Park Center)

This all-inclusive mountain top lodge provides a historic cabin that sleeps up to 38 people, beautiful mountain valley views from the outdoor chapel and a covered pavilion that seats up to 120 guests. Picnic tables are included at the pavilion.

Adam’s Camp Promise (Snow Mountain Ranch)

Adam’s Camp Promise is a multi-use facility that covers 10,000 square feet and includes expanded space to provide intensive developmental therapies, a commercial kitchen and ample storage.

Walnut Room (Estes Park Center)

The Walnut Room features a large gas fireplace and a walnut-beamed ceiling. The room has seating for up to 180 guests without a dance floor, or 130 people with a 15-by-15-foot dance floor. There is a small deck that provides spectacular views of Mt. Ypsilon and the Mummy Range.

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Legett Building (Snow Mountain Ranch)

The Legett Building is an ideal spot to host a reunion as it includes a sizable outdoor deck and yard space for outdoor games for the whole family.

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