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YMCA of the Rockies, located near the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, is an ideal vacation, reunion, wedding and conference destination. Come visit and be inspired by our surroundings!

You can fill your day and nights at Estes Park Center YMCA with our programs and activities. Every season brings fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll, we can set you on your way.


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Noon: Sketching Hike

Now in its 6th year! Learn how to see details in the Mountains as well as in trees, flowers and other flora of the “Montane Eco System” as seen from special places around the YMCA grounds or in Moraine Park. Learn drawing techniques to help you create a sense of light and form in your drawings. Class size is limited to eight participants, (For ages 15 and up, or permission of instructor). Cost of class is $58. This includes the instructional fee and a take home outdoor sketching kit including an instructional reference booklet. This four hour outdoor drawing workshop is for adults who enjoy hiking as well as sketching …

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It’s easy to tell when summer is in full swing at our Estes Park Center. Besides the increase in laughter, hoot and hollers, and the occasional “woo hoo’s,” just take a look  at the budding aspens, the spotted fawns, the melting snow, the wildflower-filled meadows, and the rushing rivers. All of these are reminders that summer is in full swing in the Rocky Mountains! At the YMCA of the Rockies, we mark the beginning of summer in our own way. For Day Camp, that means hundreds of kids a week playing and laughing in the shadow of the mountains. For the hiking program, it means guided hikes into the Moraine, up Flattop Mountain, …

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Outdoor Education Big Happenings at Estes Park Center!

on Jul 29th, 2015

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July is coming to an end (already!) but there is still plenty of time left in the summer to have some fun at Snow Mountain Ranch! Here is a list of staff recommended family activities. Make sure to check the program bulletin during your stay to see what activities are available and when!  And before you head back to school (yes, already) there’s a few things you might want to mark off your bucket list! Don’t have a bucket list? We’ve got you covered – we started one for you! Click the image below to download and print off your own bucket list before your visit.       Vivian (Family …

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Take it from us: Top 5 Family Activities at Snow Mountain Ranch in August!

on Jul 27th, 2015

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The YMCA of the Rockies is always excited to host group conferences and retreats. After all, we have so much space nestled in the mountains that it’s important for us to share! We recently got to host a very unique group conference for the National Search and Rescue Conference this year. There were over 300 people, representing  115 SAR organizations, from 28 states, provinces and nations! We were so excited to see new faces gracing the dining halls and admin field at the Y, that we just had to get their story. Not to mention, their staff training days that included search dog handling, and two helicopter landings with a …

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Group Spotlight: SARCON Conference at YMCA of the Rockies

on Jul 16th, 2015

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Featured Wedding: Jason and Kara Palmer Houston, Texas How did he propose? In September of 2014, we planned a trip to Zion National Park in Utah. While visiting the park we hiked up Angels Landing which is a very intense and dangerous hike. Once we got to the top, Jason asked another hiker to take a picture on his phone. Little did I know he had set his phone to video record and he turned to me and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!       What was it like working with Snow Mountain Ranch? Working with the Snow Mountain Ranch staff made the …

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Featured Wedding: Jason and Kara Palmer

on Jul 10th, 2015

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