You may either make an online reservation through our website or call our reservation department at 1-888-613-9622. YMCA of the Rockies operates on two reservation season; Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall. While lodge rooms, campsites and yurts can be booked on January 1st for the following Summer/Fall Season and on July 1st Winter/Spring, family cabins are rented through our unique cabin priority system outlined below:
Cabin Donors earn first priority. YMCA of the Rockies is a not-for-profit organization and all of our family cabins have been generously donated by families who are committed to helping us fulfill our Mission. These donors pay the same nightly rate as all of our guests, but they receive first priority when making their reservation requests for each of our reservation seasons.
Members earn second priority A YMCA of the Rockies annual membership entitles you to receive second priority when placing a reservation request for cabins. If you would like to become a YMCA of the Rockies member, please visit our Membership page.
Non-members can make reservations. You do not have to be a member to stay at YMCA of the Rockies. Our online and phone reservations for cabins open to non–members on these dates: Summer/Fall: First Wednesday in April (for cabin reservations June 1 – November 30)
Winter/Spring: First Wednesday in October (for cabin reservations December 1 – May 30)
A membership is not required to make reservations. Members of YMCA of the Rockies receive advanced reservation priority for one cabin per stay, plus a $15 per night discount, plus other benefits. Any YMCA member receives $15 per night discount – must provide membership information.
Please call us at 970-586-3341, ext. 1225 and leave a message with your name, phone number, what you lost, and the date and location you think you lost it. We’ll get back in touch with you, and if we find your item, will discuss your options to come pick it up or have it shipped for a fee.
We offer day passes for $25 per adult, $10 per child ages 6-12, ages 5 and under are free. Day passes can be purchased at Sweet Memorial program building or the Administration Building front desk. Guests staying at Estes Park Center receive first priority for all activities, so there may be times when activities are filled to capacity with on-grounds guests. All YMCA of the Rockies members will receive a free Day Pass with proof of membership.
Estes Park Center has free wireless internet access throughout the property. The signal is strongest in the Administration Building and lodges, only some of the cabins receive a wireless signal. Cell phone reception is dependent on the type of phone and service provider, but signals tend to be weak overall. There are public phones available for guest use.
Estes Park Center is approximately 75 miles northwest of Denver. Drive time is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours in good road and traffic conditions. Estes Park Center is located at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, Colorado, 80511.
We will refund 75% of your deposit if you cancel your reservation more than 30 days prior to your arrival date. No refund will be made if your reservation is canceled less than 30 days prior to your arrival date.
We are pleased to offer accommodations for you and your pet(s). Well-behaved pets are allowed in 2-4 bedroom cabins. 2 pet maximum. Pets are not allowed in retreat cabins or lodge rooms.
Please review our Pet Policy before you make your reservation with your pet.
Your accommodations will be ready by 6pm MT for check-in located at the front desk in the Administration building. Please be aware that on busy summer days, weekends, or holidays YOUR CABIN OR ROOM MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER 6:00 PM, so please make your travel plans accordingly. If you arrive before your room is ready, you are welcome to use all YMCA facilities for the entire day of check-in. CHECK-OUT IS 10:00 AM you are welcome to use our facilities the entire day of check-out. We ask that you have all of your belongings out of your room or cabin after 10 am on check-out day.
Once you check-in, you are responsible for paying for the nights you have booked. We accept Mastercard, VISA, Discover, American Express, personal checks, travelers checks and cash. *Special exceptions may apply.
Yes, YMCA of the Rockies has a variety of accessible cabins and lodge rooms. We will carefully consider your preferences, but we cannot guarantee cabin location or specific cabin assignments. Accessible rooms are available in each of our guest lodges, and we have a limited number of accessible cabins. If stairs are difficult for you, please request a ground-level room. The more we know about your particular needs, the better we will be able to serve you. Be sure to contact a reservationist about your requests and needs ahead of time and not during check-in. Please call our reservation staff at 888-613-9622 between 8 AM and 5 PM Mountain Time to reserve the best accommodation for you.
Cabins have either forced hot water or electric heating, fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator and stove with oven, microwaves, telephones and one or more baths. Linens, bath and dish towels, dishes and cooking utensils are provided. Cabins do not have TVs. Vacation Homes, in addition to the above, have a dishwasher and satellite TV. Our cabins do not have air-conditioning because of our cool mountain nights. Cabins have either gas or wood fireplaces. Roll-away beds are allowed in cabins for a fee. To request a roll-away bed, please call our reservation staff at 888-613-9622 or request it in the comments section of the online reservation form. Gas grills are available to rent for a small fee, but are limited. To rent a gas grill, please contact Conference at 970-586-3341 ext. 1021 to reserve. Please note that under certain fire bans, the usage of gas grills may be restricted or not allowed. For the latest fire ban information, please visit the activities page.
Lodge rooms do not have cooking facilities or TV. Towels and bedding are provided. All lodge rooms have soap dispensers, but only Wind River, Alpen, Emerald Mountain, Longs Peak, and Rams Horn have hair dryers. Shampoo and conditioner are not included. Our lodge rooms do not have air-conditioning because of our cool mountain nights. Wind River and Alpen lodges have porches or patios.
We will carefully consider your preferences, but we cannot guarantee cabin location, specific cabin assignment, or specific room assignment within a lodge.
Yes, all bedding and towels are provided in cabins and lodge rooms at YMCA of the Rockies. There are limited toiletries provided. We recommend that guests bring shampoo and conditioner. YMCA of the Rockies also provides toilet paper, tissues, drinking glasses and soap. Fresh towels and linens can be picked up in the housekeeping office for cabins year round. Wind River, Alpen, Emerald Mountain, Longs Peak, and Rams Horn lodges have maid service.
Shampoo and conditioner are not provided at YMCA of the Rockies. Soap dispensers are located at the sink and in the showers of every property at the YMCA of the Rockies. Hairdryers are provided in Wind River, Alpen, Emerald Mountain, Longs Peak and Rams Horn lodge.
Like most mountain communities, we do not have air conditioning units in our rooms. Daytime temps peak around 75 degrees in the summer months and quickly cool off in the evening–nighttime temps can dip into the 30s and 40s even in summer.
YMCA of the Rockies strives to promote recreation and activity for our guests to come together. Thus, the majority of our cabins and lodge rooms do not have TVs. Vacation homes are the only lodging option with TVs. Free wi-fi is available throughout the property.
Yes, pack ‘n plays are available and free to rent. Requests for pack ‘n plays must be made at time of reservation.
Cabins at the YMCA of the Rockies have a limited number of grills available upon request. We ask guests not to bring their grills as a safety precaution. You can arrange to rent a gas grill through our conference department 870-586-3341 ext 1021. Small gas grills cost $30 for 4 hours of use or $60 for 24 hours. Make sure to call ahead of time, as we have limited numbers of gas grills available. Under certain fire bans, the usage of gas grills may be restricted or not allowed. For current fire ban information, please visit our activities page.
The Aspen Dining Room:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day in an all-you-can-eat buffet-style dining hall. Bring the whole family or group for a delicious start to your day with fresh fruit and hot breakfast options. Lunch and dinner offer a fresh salad bar with healthy toppings and a wide variety of great entrees. Don’t forget to stop by the dessert table and taste our baker’s homemade goodies! Meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Current hours and prices:
*Subject to change at anytime
7:00 – 9:00, Adults: $10.50, Children: $7
11:30 – 1:30, Adults: $13, Children: $8.50
5:00 – 7:30, Adults: $15.50, Children: $10.50
Children: 6-12 years old. Children 5 and under are free.
Buffet meals include salad bar, entrees, dessert and beverages.
The Rustic Cafe:
Located in the Administration Building, the Rustic Café is a perfect place to grab a bite to eat before heading out for a hike or taking in the views! We serve a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items. Wake up early and sip a fresh cup of coffee. Grab a sandwich and snacks to-go. Indulge in homemade specialty desserts, cookies, fudge and fresh baked goods from our bakery!
Order a fresh made pizza from Y’s Guys Pizza at the Rustic Cafe. We offer traditional selections of toppings plus specialty pizzas including the Flat Top Cheese Pizza, The Samson Veggie and more. Pizza only available during summer months only. For the full pizza menu, visit the Rustic Cafe for an order form. Free pizza delivery to your cabin or lodge from 5pm – 8pm. Large orders please call for more information.
Hours vary; call 970-586-3341, ext. 1016 to check.
The Pine Room:
Enjoy sit-down dining in the historic Pine Room. This family-friendly full-service restaurant is open Memorial Day through Labor Day*, the Pine Room features Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday. *On occasion the Pine Room may not be open during the Memorial Day through Labor Day time frame due to private events. For more information & hours, call 970-586-3341, ext. 1145.
Family Cookout & Campfire:
Select Tuesdays throughout the summer! Come at 6:00 PM to enjoy a delicious dinner grilled up by our friendly food service staff. At 7:00 PM, we will begin a family friendly campfire program with songs, skits, and games! Come for the food, stay for the fun! Prices: Adults (13+) $20, Children (6-12) $15, Under 5 are free. To register, visit Sweet Memorial. (prices before tax) Must register at least 24 hours in advance! Meet at Upper Cookout. Questions, call 970-586-3341 x 1104. Summer 2019 cookout dates are June 11, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, August 6, August 13, August 27.
Typically, there are enough allergen free items for any person with any set of allergies to eat, but if something additional is needed, guests are able to ask for an “allergy plate” from the Cashier in the Aspen Dining Room. This plate is typically a grilled chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and rice or potatoes (depending on the allergy). If there are additional questions or more specific dietary needs, please contact our Food Service Department at 970-586-3341, ext. 1128.
Individual peanut butter packets are available at every meal for guests; we typically do not cook with tree or peanuts, however, if they are in a dish, it will be labeled. Any seafood or shellfish would be easily identifiable and labeled as well.
*We are not an allergen free facility; the risk any guest takes eating here is the same risk they’d take at any other restaurant or dining facility. We work hard to ensure cross contamination does not occur, however, we do have a bakery attached to our kitchen (for those with gluten/wheat issues). Of course, we also follow good practices with these items like hand washing, glove changing, and washing of utensils/cutting boards etc.
Our new guest laundry facility is located in the lower level of the Longhouse on the east side of the building. It is open seven days per week, 24 hours per day. Coin-operated washers and dryers are available, along with laundry detergent.
Estes Park Center does not have a traditional workout gym. We encourage guests to exercise through the many recreational activities available, such as hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, swimming in our indoor pool and more.
To reserve a campfire ring for a fee, please call Sweet Memorial at 970-586-3341 ext. 1104.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, all families are welcome to join us for a community fire. No reservations required! Check the Activity Guide for dates and times.
Fire bans may affect the usage of campfires and cookout areas; for the latest fire ban information, please visit the activities page.
There are recycling bins in various locations on grounds for paper, aluminum, plastic and glass. The main collection point is at Vehicle Maintenance, across from mini golf, down Pine Cone Way.
Guests in cabins with wood-burning fireplaces may purchase bundles of wood at Sweet Memorial Building or Admin for $5 per bundle. After hours, wood can be purchased at the Administration Building. Wood gathering is not permitted on the Estes Park Center grounds.
We do not have any hot tubs on our property. We do have an indoor, heated pool that is open year-round.
We are proud that Estes Park Center provides a clean-air environment. Please respect our non-smoking policy in all facilities. We provide special fire-safe ashtrays in several outdoor areas designated for smoking.
Alcoholic beverages are not sold on-grounds and may be consumed only in the privacy of your room, cabin or group meeting space.
YMCA of the Rockies strives to provide a safe, healthy and family-friendly environment to protect the youth, families and groups we serve. As allowed by law in Colorado, YMCA of the Rockies has a strict no marijuana policy that forbids the possession, use and/or consumption of marijuana anywhere on our properties, in our facilities, or during participation in our programming. YMCA of the Rockies is a Mission-driven organization whose core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith are best represented in an environment which excludes the use of marijuana. Thank you for abiding by our policy.
With respect to membership in the YMCA of the Rockies and participation in its programs and activities, it is the policy of the YMCA of the Rockies to protect against any practice, activity, decision or condition that discriminates on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability. The YMCA of the Rockies is a Christian organization dedicated to serving all persons of goodwill, as well as organizations devoted to religious, charitable, educational or recreational purposes. The Association shall be inclusive in welcoming individuals, conferences and staff of various backgrounds and shall seek to put Christian principles into practice by serving members and groups of various faiths and providing resources for Christian and spiritual growth for those who desire to participate. It is the responsibility of the CEO to enact and administer procedures and guidelines to ensure understanding and compliance by all members of management, staff and volunteers.
The safety and privacy of our guests and campers is of the highest priority for the YMCA of the Rockies. Therefore we do not allow private or commercial drones to be used in the immediate airspace over our properties, except in limited circumstances when the operator has received written permission from the YMCA of the Rockies. This includes use associated with special events, marketing and in film/photo applications.
As a private property, YMCA of the Rockies prohibits public display of firearms on its campuses, except during YMCA-sanctioned events. Additionally, we require that guests traveling with firearms keep them unloaded at all times while on our properties, encased with a trigger lock in place.
YMCA of the Rockies will not service any YMCA facilities where a firearm is discovered, locked or unlocked. If a staff member discovers a firearm in a YMCA facility after check out has occurred, staff will immediately contact security to request an urgent response from the County Sheriff’s Office.
The nearest downhill and cross-country ski facility is Eldora, located one hour south on Highway 7.
The availability of Lyft and Uber in the Estes Park area is extremely limited. For a taxi, call Estes Park Taxi (970) 372-9888.
Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Shuttle
During busy summer months, Rocky Mountain National Park highly recommends using the Park’s shuttle system to avoid crowded parking lots. Learn more and view routes on their website.
We recommend using the Estes Park Shuttle from the Denver airport. Please see their website for schedule and prices: http://www.estesparkshuttle.com/
Other transportation to Estes Park include riding the bus. The Bustang to Estes Park begins late August 2019. Learn more about the Bustang route to Estes Park here. Please note that this bus takes riders to the Estes Park Visitor Center, not directly to YMCA of the Rockies. Additional arrangements must be made to get from the Estes Park Visitor Center to YMCA of the Rockies. The availability of Lyft and Uber in the Estes Park area is extremely limited. For a limited taxi service, call Estes Park Taxi (970) 372-9888.
There is a grocery store roughly two miles away, at the intersection of 66 and Mary’s Lake Road. There is also a Safeway store in downtown Estes Park, roughly four miles away.
The most up-to-date information regarding road conditions in Colorado is at http://www.coloradodot.info/. The most up-to-date information regarding roads in Rocky Mountain National Park, including Trail Ridge Road, can be found at http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/road_conditions.htm.
Weather can vary dramatically over the course of a day because of our altitude (8,010 feet above sea level). We recommend bringing a variety of clothing layers. To check the current weather and monthly averages, please check this site: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USCO0130:1:US
We are located at 8,010 feet above sea level. Above 8,000 feet, oxygen is approximately 45% less dense and there is 50% to 80% less humidity than sea level. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Visitors from lower elevations may notice shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and/or nausea.
To alleviate these symptoms, we recommend drinking plenty of water (64 ounces daily), get lots of rest, eat lightly and avoid caffeine and alcohol.