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 multiple trails on our property to hike with snowshoes, but several of our trails lead into the Rocky Mountain National Park! It’s wonderful to be outdoors and active, while enjoying a truly amazing view of the snow covered mountain caps.
Reason 2: Christmas in 1915
We wanted to do something a little special for our guest this winter. That’s why we’re celebrating “Christmas in 1915” during the holiday season! “Christmas in 1915” is our special programming we’ll have during the holidays that will take you on a journey through the past! Participate in creating family keepsakes by learning about preservation, craft your own ornaments, snowshoe into the national park, listen to history lessons, take your family photo in our vintage postcard cutouts, go on a guided RMNP centennial hike, watch history reenactments, and tour the Estes Park Center to see and learn from many history photos we’ll have on display. This holiday is surely one to remember with “Christmas in 1915” in Estes Park.
Reason 3: “Choose Your Winter” Special Programming
This year, we’re encouraging you to choose your winter! Whether you like relaxing indoors next to the fireplace, or snow shoeing the many trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, this winter it’s all about what you want to do. For adventure-seekers, we’ll have ice skating and guided snow shoe hikes into the park. You could also try cross-country skiing or backcountry skiing in the Rocky Mountain National Park from the YMCA property. For those looking to relax this winter, we’ll have winter crafts, talks on winter ecology, hot cocoa at the Rustic Café and lots more!
Reason 4: The Wildlife
Winter is an especially good time to look for elk, mule deer, moose, and other large mammals. Herds of elk are often seen grazing the YMCA of the Rockies grounds all year long, but are easily spotted in winter when the snow is bright white. You can also grab your binoculars and spot several birds this winter, including Steller’s jays, with their striking blue bodies and crested heads, gray jays, Clark’s nutcrackers, and the iridescent, long-tailed black-billed magpies.
Reason 5: Cozy Cabins
We have the coziest cabins to snuggle up in this winter. If you’re looking to stay in the Rockies and need a fireplace or a warm kitchen to brew your hot chocolate, we’ve got you covered. Many of our cabins range from a two bedroom basic cabin up to a four bedroom vacation home! Bring your family and friends. Make long lasting memories this winter.
October 7th is opening day for winter/spring cabin reservation bookings for non-members. Make sure to reserve your cabin for the winter! Learn more here.
Do you have any special memories or reasons why you like to stay in the Rocky Mountains during the winter? Share with us!! Use the hashtag #WinteratYMCA. We’d love to hear from you!