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YMCA of the Rockies
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Aurora, Illinois
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80 reviews
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“We can't say enough good things!”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Wow. . .the staff, the cabin, the activities. . .just wow. Our favorite place to vacation, hands down.

We stayed in a mid-size cabin (no fireplace) and had a wonderful time hiking, going to the craft center, walking the grounds, making meals in our own kitchen, playing games, doing activities. All were great!

The staff members were friendly and helpful, the cabin was spotless (don't expect granite and luxurious bedding or anything), the kids loved the activities through Sweet Memorial (Survival was their favorite), the Mootz Craft Center was always bustling with projects, the pool was warm (86 degrees), and the Cowboy Brad sing-a-long was a fun evening!

Views of the mountains from the valley where they Y is located are breathtaking at any time of day. Take a walk down to Glacier Creek--past the campfire area--and you won't be disappointed with the beauty of the water/ shore.

We loved our trip so much last year that we decided to become members--and we live in Illinois! We came back twice last year and once already this summer and are planning another trip. You won't be disappointed with a stay here. (Snow Mountain is another story--you can see my review of that separately.)

One tip--stop at Safeway just outside of town (near McDonald's) and get some groceries for the cabin's kitchen and for hikes. For $50, you can get some pasta, sauce, cereal, cheese, meat, tortillas, breakfast bars, etc. and create meals to cook and eat in the cabin and bring with you on hikes. If you bring a Tupperware-type container from home, you can make and pack sandwiches or roll-ups to bring with on your journeys around RMNP. The kitchen does not have butter, salt, pepper, etc, though, so you might need to pick that up too.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

Our family spent a week in a personalized cabin @ the YMCA of the Rockies (Estes Park) in mid June, and the weather was spot on for hiking, zip lining, rick climbing, and horseback riding on and through the Rocky Mountains!

Staff is compromised of college students from around the world who are there because they love the outdoors, and are looking to make your stay a great one.

I would recommend the Y of the Rockies to anyone!

Stayed June 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

My family and I went to the Y of the Rockies June 6th-8th. This was out first time at this property and we were excited after reading reviews. Check in was fast and the ladies were polite. We had researched ont he website beforehand and we knew some of the activities that we wanted to complete. Wouldn't you know it.. it rained and was freezing our whole weekend. We stopped by the library on Saturday to get out of the room and the woman working there was so sweet. When I inquired about Disney movie Saturday she told me I was the first person to actually ask her that and she looked it up and realized that it was a scheduled activity. She sent my daughter downstairs and gace her a stuffed animal and let her watch her movie. She was great. Food was a little pricey and we have decided to stay in a cabin on our next visit so that we can cook and save a little. Room was clean and neat. We will return and hopefully we will be able to fully enjoy the property

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Montgomery, Texas
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

I love the Y!! We have vacationed there for nearly 20 years! The Y has many free guided hikes at all levels of abilities. The fly fishing is great also. They have day camp available for the kids. They can go all week or pick the days. The counselors for the day camp do a great job and make it fun for the kids - this is not daycare! My 15 year old has been going her entire life and still loves to go. It's a great way for your kids to meet new friends.

Room Tip: We stay in the cabins - great prices - there is not a bad location.
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Skiatook, Oklahoma, United States
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We stayed in a cabin (nokomis) for five days and I can't say enough good things about this place. The cabins were far beyond my expectations. The cost was far less than most average hotels. So I was skeptical at first but after checking in I found that the cabin was simply amazing plenty of room and updated kitchen well furnished with every cooking utensil that you could need. Plus elk and deer were only feet from the wraparound porch on a daily basis

The activities for kids and adults were great I highly reccomend this place for anyone coming to Estes park

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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Stayed in a 4 bedroom "vacation home". This was our third cabin stay at the YMCA of the Rockies, and this cabin ("Gratitude") was the best yet. Highly recommend renting a vacation homes, although note that they are equipped with gas fireplaces - not conducive to roasting marshmallows. However, reserving one of the nearby fire pits was a good alternative. Horseback riding was a major hit for the family. Highly recommend spending time in the craft center as well for those artistically oriented. We have learned to either cook in the cabin or go to Estes Park for prepared meals - the food available on site is not particularly healthy nor appetizing. On all other counts, the center gets my highest recommendations for a getaway up in the mountains with the family.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Our crew tried out a great sampling of activities- from yoga, to flag football, to night hikes. They really enjoyed themselves. Our cabin was relatively private from close neighbors. Overall a great stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: YMCA of the Rockies
Address: 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511
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Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 78 Speciality Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 600
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. We have 7 lodges and 206 cabins spread over 860 acres. Perfect for family vacations, reunions, retreats and conferences. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ymca Of The Rockies Hotel Estes Park
Ymca Of The Rockies Estes Park Center
YMCA Of The Rockies Estes Park, CO

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