Kids finding their outdoor spirit, families coming together in nature, and friends connecting over the crackling of a warm fire. This is how Snow Mountain Ranch has spent the past 50 years. 2019 marked a big birthday for Snow Mountain Ranch, but we can’t forget our humble beginnings.
In the summer of 1969, the historic Just Family Ranch became the Snow Mountain Ranch location that we know and love today. A few business moves, fundraising, negotiating and a lot of hard work from the minds behind the Estes Park Center, YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch was born, expanding the Association’s presence to the other side of the Continental Divide.
On July 15, 1969, Snow Mountain Ranch opened its doors for business and welcomed its first guests. Mr. and Mrs. Zuraba of Chicago, Illinois marked the first of thousands who would come to enjoy Snow Mountain Ranch over the years.
At that time, facilities at Snow Mountain Ranch included the Administration Building, eight cabins, Pinewood Lodge and Hopi Campground. Today, guests have their choice of staying in lodge rooms, cabins, yurts or the campground, while enjoying activities facilities like the Programs Building, indoor gymnasium, dining hall and summer tubing hill have to offer.
In the winter, Snow Mountain Ranch thrives as a snow sports playground with Nordic skiing, open-air ice skating, tubing, and dog sledding to name a few.
A lot has changed since the days of the Just family’s ranch. While Snow Mountain Ranch has grown in size and scale, one thing is for sure—the need for fun times still exists.
In fact, we spent the past year having fun and celebrating the history of Snow Mountain Ranch! From the Summer Carnival to both the winter and summer 50th anniversary celebrations, our guests continue to remind us what makes Snow Mountain Ranch so special.