YMCA of the Rockies, Colorado Perfect Winter

At Two Beloved Locations—Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch— YMCA of the Rockies Offers Up Top-notch Programming for the 2022–23 Winter Season That You Will Help You Make the Most of Winter

Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch provide the perfect basecamp for your winter adventures. From on-site snow tubing to cross-country skiing and new winter hikes to guided snowshoe trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies is a great basecamp for northern Colorado winter adventures.

Big Adventure

If ice skating, sledding and alpine skiing are on your winter to-do list, the Y’s Snow Mountain Ranch location will provide the perfect backdrop. This 5,100-acre low-key “resort” offers easy access to Winter Park Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park. And burn calories for years on the 120 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails.

Love wildlife? Head to Estes Park Center. While wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant across both properties, Estes Park is an iconic Colorado locale to spot elk, deer, and birds along trails and right outside lodging windows. The resort also offers wildlife ecology classes and expert guides to help guests safely view wildlife on hikes. And new this year at the Estes Park Center, the Enger Family Nature Trail features an upper and lower loop built for all ages and accessibility levels—the perfect spot for a winter hike or snowshoe.

Lessons

The Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center offers private and group lessons, as well as Nordic ski equipment rentals for the whole family, including ski-equipped chariots for hauling your littlest elves. 

A key component of the Y’s mission is to provide opportunities to unplug and connect to nature and each other.

Family Friendly

While both YMCA locations are great, the Estes Park Center is the place to go for all-ages indoor fun to offset your outdoor fun. Featuring a 35-foot-tall climbing wall, cozy fireplaces available across the property, well-appointed history museum, roller rink, craft center, gym and game room, the possibilities are endless for indoor fun to complement your outdoor adventures!

Lodging

Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch offer visitors year-round access to iconic Colorado views and cozy accommodations. From hotel-style lodge rooms to multi-bedroom private cabins, affordable lodging options are available at both locations. Most lodge rooms and cabins do not have televisions, providing a truly unplugged experience.

Many of the cabins and lodge rooms at Snow Mountain Ranch are ski-in/ski-out or in walking distance from Nordic ski, and Snowshoe. And if you love bringing your furry family members along for the winter fun, you’re in luck, as most cabins at both properties are pet-friendly.

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