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.
- 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