In a month-long survey of more than 10,000 USA Today readers, YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado was voted Best Family Resort in the U.S., underscoring the loyalty and appreciation visitors have for the unique amenities and experience at the property.
Best Family Resort in the country goes to YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado – so many wonderful activities for families, all in one location with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park.
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park is situated on 800+ acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park and features pet-friendly private cabins and hotel-style lodge rooms with common areas. Meals are served daily in an all-you-can-eat buffet-style dining hall and numerous activities are available on-site for family members of all ages, such as archery lessons, horseback riding, a climbing wall and brand new 370-foot-long zip line, and an arts & crafts center where families can choose to make their own tie-dyes, design mosaics, create jewelry or learn how to basket-weave.
“YMCA of the Rockies is committed to providing families of all faiths with affordable vacations in the heart of the Rocky Mountains,” said Kellen Toulouse, Brand Manager, YMCA of the Rockies. “We truly have something for everyone, every month of the year. Whether it’s musical performances in the summer, pumpkin-carving contests in the fall, a mountaineering weekend in the spring, or year-round wildlife viewing, forest education, campfires, and night hikes – YMCA of the Rockies is all about family fun.”
Autumn at YMCA of the Rockies features fall-themed activities every weekend in October, while herds of elk roam the campus during bugling season. Winter is a peaceful retreat from the crowded ski towns with family activities like ice-skating on a natural pond and snowshoe adventures through Rocky Mountain National Park. Spring and summer visits offer beautiful hiking opportunities with YMCA’s experienced guide masters, as well as day camps for children ages 3-18 years old.
In 2018, YMCA of the Rockies will open the Boone Family Mountain Center to provide a base camp for nature, environmental and high-adventure activities. In addition to housing a hands-on education nature center and two-story climbing wall, the Mountain Center will also serve as the staging and information area for fishing, mountain biking, archery, and the zip line.
“It is very important that we provide our guests with easy access to a variety of ways to bond as a family, so we have included most of our activities in our overall lodging fees, such as the roller skating rink, the indoor swimming pool, and our 18-hole miniature golf course,” said Toulouse.
Family reunions and group retreats are popular at YMCA of the Rockies as well, with several multi-bedroom cabins and larger reunion cabins that sleep up to 88 guests in 17 bedrooms. In addition, most lodge rooms and cabins do not have televisions, providing a truly unplugged experience for families.
Reservations are available to YMCA members and the general public at www.ymcarockies.org. In celebration of its 110th Anniversary, YMCA of the Rockies is currently offering 110 lodge rooms at Estes Park Center and 110 lodge rooms at Snow Mountain Ranch for just $84 per night to be used by Dec. 31, 2017. Each reservation includes a two-night stay in one lodge room and two free breakfasts each day.
About the YMCA of the Rockies: 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.