Aspen leaves ablaze with bursts of orange and gold, the haunting call of bull elk as they bugle loudly in search of a mate, and festivals celebrating the change of the seasons. Fall is a magical time of year at YMCA of the Rockies!
Book your getaway today, as weekend cabin stays fill up fast! Take advantage of the perks of a lodge room stay which includes two free breakfasts and is within walking distance of many of our activities. Check cabin and lodge room availability and book now!
Learn Something New:
Fall in Estes Park is when the local elk put on a show during the annual elk rut (mating season). Learn the science behind their behavior and get elk 101 basics during our Elk Ecology Class. Find out the answers to why do elk bugle? Why do bull elk spar with other males? In this unique class, participants embark on a casual guided hike to Rocky Mountain National Park while learning interesting information about our famous Estes Park elk. If you have a flexible mid-week schedule, visit us during the week for special adult-focused programming including photography excursions, guided nature hikes and much more.
Toss in a Line:
Fall is the best time of year to hit the waters around Estes Park. The water is clear. The creeks and rivers have slowed from their snowmelt runoff. The fish are colorful. The weather, the scenery, and the wildlife is often breathtaking. Learn about the best waters, what flies to use and some fishing etiquette.
Become a Leaf Peeper:
In late September, the aspen leaves turn to a brilliant golden yellow, lighting up mountainsides with fall colors. Pack a backpack and hike up to the YMCA’s Bible Point, where the sweeping views of adjacent Rocky Mountain National Park are perfect for peeping aspen groves. This short hike is free to access and is the perfect distance for a family adventure. Be sure to write your wishes down and bring them with you – a special mailbox is located on the summit that has been collecting hiker’s thoughts and dreams for years.
Create with Fall Colors: Bring the colors of autumn home by creating a fall themed craft from the Craft & Design Center. Get inspired by aspen to paint pottery or mosaics that recreate the yellow aspen leaves. Make a necklace or earrings with elk antler charms or fun stackable bracelets featuring fall-colored glass beads. Craft & Design Center staff recommend choosing the colors of red wine, avocado and marigold using the “classic mix up” fold to create a fall inspired tie-dye shirt!
Attend a Weekend Celebration:
Bring your family to one of YMCA of the Rockies’ fall themed weekends. Join us for Family Yoga Weekend, September 14 – 16th where the whole family can relax, get active and have fun! Fall Fest on Saturdays from September 22 – October 6, where guests can enjoy pumpkin painting, s’mores around the campfire, an old fashioned square dance and much more! Then, experience frightful family fun at the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday, October 27th! Get into the spirit of Halloween by dressing in costume, participating in spooky activities and trick or treat throughout the YMCA! Call our Program Department for more details: 970-586-3341 x1104.