Dorsey Museum

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Dorsey Museum

Welcome to the Dorsey Museum.  Housed in a 1924 guest lodge, the museum features several period room settings and exhibition galleries and restful museum grounds.

During the summer months, we offer programming, including historical walking tours of the property focusing on the rich history of YMCA of the Rockies and family programs. Check the activity guide for more information.

Click here to view the weekly Activity Guide and register for activities here.

We also have options for a self-guided walking tour. Take a self-guided Clio-Discovery history and walking tour of the YMCA of the Rockies. Download the Art and Nature Inspire! self-guided walking tour here. or  download the Walk about the Y program here.

Admission is free, but donations are always welcome to ensure the preservation of our stories, historical artifacts and institutional archives.

Are you a YMCA of the Rockies Staff Alumni? Browse our staff alumni photo timelines to see yourself and friends! View Estes Park Center AlumniSnow Mountain Ranch Alumni and Camp Chief Ouray Alumni timelines.

Visit the Staff Alumni Cabin located at the musuem when you are a guest the Estes Park Center. This summer learn more about when the Alumni Cabin is available to visit. 

Browse our Museum Musings Archives to learn more about the history of YMCA of the Rockies. See what activities and events have come and gone over the past few decades or click here for a quick history overview.

COVID – 19 Updates

To ensure the safety of our staff and guests we are following state and local public health orders at the museum. We are operating on a reduced schedule. Check the activity guide for our hours.  Last admission is 45 minutes before the advertised closing time.

We are limited to 8 visitors in the building at a time. Please wait for a staff member to welcome you in.

Visits to the Alumni Cabin – Purple Finch

While you will still be able to visit and reminisce over our alumni scrapbooks and photographs, we have a few new procedures to comply with state and local orders.

Reservations to visit the Alumni Cabin can be made on the following days: Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

Last appointment is 3:00pm to ensure our cleaning procedures can be implemented.

We ask you make a reservation at least a day in advance and have a group of no more than eight people to ensure proper social distancing.

Masks and gloves will be required during your appointment, but gloves will be provided!

To schedule your appointment please call the museum at (970)-586-3341 x 1136.

For further information on our new procedures please email our Association Historian, Karen Lloyd D’Onofrio,