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Recommended Hike: Waterfall Trail Mileage Round Trip: 3 Elevation Gain: 200 feet Final Elevation: 10,731 feet Rating: Easy This past weekend I took my first hike of the summer, despite the rain/hail/snow/mud/sun combo Snow Mountain Ranch saw over its Memorial Day Weekend. Because of that exact reason, I wanted to keep my explorations short and sweet without sacrificing the chance to see the beauty one can expect from hiking in the Colorado woods. The Waterfall Trail delivered – big time. Just a short drive through Snow Mountain Ranch, past Sombrero Stables and tucked away even farther than the Rowley Homestead, you and the entire family (yes, everyone!) can pick up …
on May 27th, 2015
Ever wanted to know just exactly what “Outdoor Education programming” really means at Snow Mountain Ranch? Our new OE Coordinator, Zach Ducharme (who you met in an earlier blog post!) has the low-down on our staff and what makes our program so great… The spring Outdoor Education season at Snow Mountain Ranch is underway! We have thirteen outdoor education instructors who come to us from all over the country. They bring with them incredible knowledge and experience. They all completed an intense two-week training to get ready for school visits this May and June. The new OE Staff stops for a photograph during a training session earlier this month. …
on May 18th, 2015
Summer is right around the corner and the executive team at Camp Chief Ouray is gearing up for the rest of the staff to arrive for training and kick off CCO 2015! We often get a lot of questions on our staff; how old are they, where do we find them, what training do they receive and other inquiries along that line. These are all great questions- and something that weighs on the minds of every parent, grandparent and family member as they send us their special camper. First, we follow recommendations from the American Camp Association for our staffing. For Camp Chief Ouray, we are mainly hiring staff who …
on May 1st, 2015
On April 22, the YMCA of the Rockies Outdoor Education Department is partnering with Rocky Mountain National Park to continue “Explore the Great Outdoors Day,” an excellent opportunity for students at Estes Park Middle School. Students will engage in various outdoor education activities under the “Play, Learn, Serve, Work” initiative – the Department of the Interior’s youth initiative that connects young people to the great outdoors. Outdoor Education instructors at the YMCA of the Rockies and rangers from Rocky Mountain National Park will focus on teaching lessons, such as “Leave No Trace,” astronomy, the history of Rocky Mountain National Park and conservation.
on Apr 21st, 2015
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