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Located near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Grand Lake, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where friends, families & groups enjoy a tranquil setting, more activities than anywhere else & quality time together.

You can fill your day and nights at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA with our programs and activities.  Register for current activities here. Every season brings fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll, we can set you on your way.

Our Mission: 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.  We will accomplish this by serving conferences of a religious, educational, or recreational nature; providing unifying experiences for families; offering traditional summer camping experiences for boys and girls; and serving our staff with leadership opportunities and productive work experiences.

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Events at YMCA of the Rockies & Estes Park

Bear Grylls Survival Academy – 24hr Family Course

THE WORLD’S MOST RECOGNIZABLE FACE OF SURVIVAL AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE BRINGS THE ULTIMATE IN SELF-RESCUE SKILLS, DELIVERED BY HIS HANDPICKED TEAM OF HIGHLY TRAINED EXPERTS, TO SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH AGAIN THIS SUMMER. THIS IS A RARE CHANCE FOR LUCKY OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS AND FAMILIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO BE TAUGHT BEAR’S EXTREME SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES ON ‘THE MOST CHALLENGING BUT EMPOWERING SURVIVAL COURSES ON THE PLANET.’ Techniques taught will include, how to build and light a fire, how to navigate by day and night with no map or compass, survival knife skills, stalking, making and setting traps and foraging for natural wild food. At the end of the first day you …

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  Fortune Telling Goats: Have you ever wanted to have your fortune told by a goat? Did you even know you could? Snow Mountain Ranch has its very own Fortune Telling Goat named Aristotle. He’ll be making an appearance during our Fall Fest Weekends which are being held September 30- October 2 and October 7-9 Square Dancing and Fall Festivals: The whole family can learn how to square dance at Snow Mountain Ranch or Estes Park during our Fall Fest Weekends. Classes will be held at Snow Mountain Ranch on October 1st & 8th and at our Estes Park Center on October 22nd. Visit SnowMountainRanch.org and YMCARockies.org for more information. …

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Reasons to Visit YMCA of the Rockies this Fall

on Sep 26th, 2016

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Contributed by Bill Almond, Director of Marketing & Sales Fall is the best time of year to hit the waters of Northern Colorado. 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. Though I’ve been fishing this region for almost 30 years, I still learn something new each time I wet a line. But some aspects are constant:  fish “hold” in the places where they can get the most food with the least exertion of energy. For streams, that means they hang out in slow-moving water right next to fast water, where …

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Fall Fly Fishing: Quick stream fishing tips from the YMCA of the Rockies

on Sep 9th, 2016

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Our security coordinator recently wrote this for our staff. We wanted to share with all of our visitors. Please respect our wildlife – and stay safe! During the rut or mating season (September and October in Estes Park), bull elk have only two things on their minds. One is reproduction, or mating with cow elk, the other is fighting to keep their harem of cows from rivals. These bulls are literally looking for trouble. During mating season, bull elk have huge amounts of testosterone flowing through their blood and will attack anything they perceive as a rival. This could be an elk, a motor vehicle or a human. A herd …

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Boyz in the Hood: Elk behavior during the rut

on Aug 26th, 2016

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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 Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park while learning interesting information about our famous Estes Park elk. 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 …

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Top 5 Fun Fall Activities

on Aug 23rd, 2016

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