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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.

Our Mission: YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  We will accomplish this by serving conferences of a religious, educational, or recreational nature; providing unifying experiences for families; offering traditional summer camping experiences for boys and girls; and serving our staff with leadership opportunities and productive work experiences.


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Elk Fest Weekend!

The elk rut is a special time of the year for YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. The bull elk are busy rounding up their herds, fighting for dominance, and bugling –a special natural phenomenon to witness! The YMCA of the Rockies will be featuring programs centered on elk and the annual Elk Festival in Estes Park. We’ll have elk education talks, elk watching hikes and special coloring posters of the famous Samson the Elk.   Book your stay with us if you haven’t yet! Visit here

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Each year at Snow Mountain Ranch, we serve thousands of students from the Front Range of Colorado and elsewhere. We do this through fulfilling, enriching Outdoor Education programs. Just this week, our Outdoor Education team was at a local elementary school to host in-school team-building and confidence-building exercises with the fifth grade classes, who then visited us on-site for the full Outdoor Education experience. Needless to say, they had a lot of fun on both days, interacting with each other, their teachers, and our staff.  Zach (pictured on the right in the red hat) had groups of students trace one of their classmates on long sheets of paper.  Then, as …

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It you’re an Education Professional- you need to be at Snow Mountain Ranch!

on Oct 9th, 2015

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In this month’s Outdoor Education Blog, we will profile some of our Outdoor Education Instructors from this fall season. Snow Mountain Ranch’s Outdoor Education Program hosted nearly 700 students from all over Colorado. It was a very successful season, and the teachers and chaperones had some very nice things to say about our high-quality instructors. These students engaged in various ecology and geology classes, teambuilding, and adventure activities like zip-line, high ropes course, and rock climbing. Ana Cassaro, a native of Brazil, has wanted to be a biologist for many years, but has learned a lot through our Outdoor Education Training. “As someone that has always wanted to be a …

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October Outdoor Education Blog

on Oct 1st, 2015

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Winter in the Rocky Mountains is unforgettable and that’s why we love winter at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. Being nestled on three sides by the Rocky Mountain National Park, sharing our grounds with herds of elk, experiencing a truly white Christmas and telling stories by the fireplace – winter is the coziest here. Although there are several reasons to love winter in the Rockies, we’ve got our favorite top 10 reasons why this winter is a great time to stay at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park: Reason 1: Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is one of our favorite activities at YMCA of the Rockies. Not only do we have …

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay in Estes Park This Winter

on Sep 29th, 2015

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Steve Petersen, Snow Mountain Ranch Chaplain We sat down with our Chaplain, Steve Petersen, to ask him about his favorite spots at Snow Mountain Ranch to take a load off, sit back, relax and reflect. When you’re looking for a place to connect with your spiritual self a bit deeper or just need a place to become inspired, take it from Steve and visit these top five places: 1. The Waterfall: The waterfall is a beautiful place to sit and pray or have a discussion with friends about God.  Several things contribute to its number one status; 1) sights, the trees, rocks, and water combine to create a beautiful spot, 2) …

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Top 5 Places at Snow Mountain Ranch for Spiritual Reflection

on Aug 25th, 2015

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