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Today is the last day we can really spend with Seth, as he goes back to work tomorrow, and we fly home tomorrow night. So we wanted to get in a good family hike. We entered Rocky Mountain National Park at about 8:45 in hopes of being able to drive up Bear Lake Road, which is closed for construction this year from 9:00-4:00 everyday. We made it as …
Since Seth is volunteering for ACMNP (A Christian Ministry in the National Parks) this summer, he and his team are responsible for putting on the worship services in the NP campground amphitheaters. Today it was Seth's turn to "preach!" Well, really, he gave a 5 minute inspirational talk, but still it was great to see him in action. Besides, who …
We had decided that today would be a "kick-back" kind of day, so we awoke at about 8:30, and realized we needed to rush to get breakfast, which ended at 9:00. After that, Linda & the girls relaxed in the lodge room (we're staying in Wind River again, same as last time), blogging, playing games and taking showers. Tom got started on our laundry …
We had a relaxing morning as we enjoyed breakfast out on the restaurant balcony of our hotel. Then the girls and mom walked down the street to do a little souvenir shopping in Moab. Leah bought a charm of Delicate Arch, and Chloe a little metal sculpture of a gecko, since she had enjoyed seeing them and counting them throughout the parks. Since she …
Nothing big happened today. We were kinda' looking for a relaxing day, so that's what we had. After breakfast, we sat and talked to Barb, Fred & Stacey for awhile. Then we went over to check out the day camp options for the kids--Jared has been highly recommending it (wonder why??). We signed the 3 of them up for camp tomorrow as it seemed like …
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We've stayed here before since our sons have had summer jobs here at the Y. The accommodations are clean, but simple. The focus is on family time so no TVs in the rooms (love that!). There are lots and lots of activities to choose from, but add them all up and it can get really pricey. Many simple activities are free though, and we all love the Craft shop. Practically in Rocky Mountain National Park, so we enjoy lots of hikes and scenic drives while we're here.
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Great cabin in the woods
We stayed at one of the summit cabins with 2 other couples. We loved it. Very good price. We saw a bear in our front yard the first night, Elk the next and bear prints on the cars the next day. Ate breakfast on the porch with humming birds.
We stayed at this facility for 2 nights and I'm glad it was not longer. The lodge rooms are clean and large but the walls are very thin! The first night we were next to some kids whose parents were obviously staying elsewhere. The quiet times posted are from 11p.m. until 7 a.m., but this was not the case for us. The noise went on until 1 a.m. We had to contact security because of the noise. They informed us that there had been 3 separate complaints and did try to ask the teens to quiet down but they continued to play their DVD movie loudly and every 15 minutes or so, would jump on the bed which was on the other side of the wall from ours. I could hear all of their conversations verbatim, thats how thin the walls are. The next day we asked to be moved and were told by the manager that security should have located the parents or group leader and had the teens removed. This is good information if it ever happens to you. The manager was very nice and did move us to the Alpen Lodge. This was much quieter, but unfortunately the people above us had to get up at 4 a.m. to check out and kept us awake showering, etc. until 6 a.m. They were not purposely being loud, but the floors are also not well insulated. The manager also removed the charge for the 1st night, but I would have rather had a good nights sleep! The only way I would stay at this facility again would be in a cabin!
This was truly an extraordinary place to stay. We only stayed for 2 nights, but once we got there, we wished we were staying for a week and longed to return even when we moved on to more "upscale" accomodations elsewhere in the Rockies. Our first impression was that our Wind River Lodge room was large and comfortable with a great view. Once we learned about all the facilities, classes, etc., we were even more in love with the place. There were so many free activities for kids (art projects, sports, campfire programs, mini-golf, swimming) in addition to the actual art facility where adults and kids do projects for small fee. We would definitely like to come back for a longer time with a larger family group...it is perfect for that kind of experience, and very reasonably priced. The only criticism is that the food is not very exciting and might get old after several days. There are many other options in Estes Park, but I would probably get a cabin next time and bring some of my own food at least for breakfast and snacks. You will love staying here! We did!
In August 2003 we stayed at the Y. We arrived a night early and when we phoned ahead, we were told we could have the last available room. Unfortunately, we were in a lodge that housed a high school band that was up and running and shouting well into the early morning hours. Again, around sunrise, there were students outside the windows on the 'green' shouting to eachother. We could not call to complain since the room had no phone and the phone that was available was in the main lobby--where many of the loud high schoolers were hanging out. The following morning we told the folks at the front desk who were extremely apologetic. They moved us to another lodge called the Alpen Inn. This room was wonderful--two queen beds and a queen sleeper sofa. The balcony looked out upon a breathtaking mountain. ... The activities are plentiful, the staff friendly and helpful. The cafeteria buffet was just ok--the coffee shop in the registration building offered better tasting food for less money. The craft shop is excellent and offers a super selection of projects for both younger ones as well as teens and adults. The livery folks were nice and led a lovely horseback ride that our 7 & 9 year olds enjoyed (their first time on horses). Overall, the rooms were very economical, though simple (no tv and not fancy). The staff seemed to genuinely enjoy meeting you and taking care of you. We're going to Estes again this August and will be staying at the Y. I'd recommend it to everyone (when you make the reservation ask if there is a group staying in the same lodge where you will be). The only concern is that there is so much to do and enjoy on site, that you may have to force yourself to leave the property to enjoy the town and the national park!!
Relaxing, friendly and excellent overall!
Recently attended a family reunion at the Y. Our group had a wide range of ages and everyone found something fun and interesting to do. Many, many activities: hiking is superb and the livery offers nice horseback riding tours on the trails. The staff is so friendly and there is a strong family atmosphere. We ate in the Walnut dining room, and while the food was not fancy, it was very filling and tasty, perfect for active days. The rooms at the Alpen Inn were basic, but very clean, and no TV -- which I loved, it gave us a real break from the realities of the outside world. Overall, an excellent vacation location and highly recommended.
Love the Y!!!!
I have been spending at least part of my summers at the Y since I was 4 years old, I am 24 now! My fiance and I recently moved to northen Colorado to be closer to the Y and to the National Park. I cannot say enough amazing things about the YMCA. It is a FANTASTIC family vacation spot and yet it is wonderful for older couples, young couples, singles, and especially college students. You won't be disappointed at the Y!
Good family atmosphere
My family spent our vacations every winter for 7 years in a cabin at YMCA camp and absolutely LOVED IT!!! Would not hesitate to go back anytime. Loved 'people watching' in Estes Park also.
Loved the YMCA of the rockies
The YMCA of the Rockies is the most beautiful and peaceful place that I have ever traveled. Estes Park is truly a Park like setting that you never have to leave, until your vacation is over, and you will surely want to revisit often. So many things to see and do, So many Elk and Big horn sheep, we even saw a bear, in the garbage, but none the less!
It was a true outdoor experience with city atomosphere not to far from reach. I am going back soon! I recommend a backpack, good walking or hiking shoes, and lots of bottled water. It is very high/dry climate compared to where I am from.
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park CO is EXCELLENT!!
This is the best place to visit as a single, couple or with a large group or family!!
Has everything to offer; *plently of activities offered at little or no charge *stay in your own private cabin or in a lodge setting *close to town for shopping and restaurants *beautiful views and wildlife galore *close to Denver, get 2 trips in one!
*Doesn't get any better than the Rockies!
We try to take a family trip there every year, we love it and highly recommend it to anyone!!
A Family Tradition, Great for kids!
This has been a vacation destination for our family since 1946, now 4 generations. Lots of freebie activities included in the price. The day camp isn't free, but is worth it for the experiences (if you can get an early reservation). Christian based, but isn't at all "in your face".
Nice wholesome vacation spot.