You get what you pay for
We had three cabins away from the main campus. I was very suprised to learn that they do not clean your cabin each day. In fact, you have to make your own bed and if you want clean towels, you need to drive down to the main campus and exchange your dirty towels. If you want to feel like your staying in a hostel or dorm room, this place is for you! The beds were so hard I had to take a Tylenol PM each night, just to sleep. No TV, No A/C, No entertainment other than the kids activites. We left my nephew in the daycare one day while whitewater rafting. They opened the daycare late, which caused us to be late for our trip. When picking him up, they took him to another building which caused mass confusion. My nephew was lost for a bit while under the care of the camp. Absolutely awful!
I highly suggest that you check out other hotels if you are planning to make the trip.
Christmas in Colorado
We have spent many years at YMCA, Rockies. This Christmas we were able to share this wonderful place with our children and grandchildren. We had a 2 bedroom cabin with fireplace and they shared a vacation home. The "Y" was very considerate by accommodating us right next to each other. These are clean comfortable cabins surrounded by the majestic Rockies. It is a place for sharing with family, enjoying the serenity of the mountains and experiencing wildlife. It is a special place to get out of the everyday "rat race". Regarding the previous review, I just had to laugh. Why would anyone come to a "Y" cabin expecting luxury and daily maid service? They're many activities for children of all ages. Our grandchildren enjoyed swimming, roller skating and snowshoeing. Our stay was wonderful we had 18 in of snow which made the scene even more beautiful than we had ever seen it. We were even more blest by one of the groundskeepers who agreed to come to the cabin as "Santa Claus" even though it was after Christmas. We did not spend Christmas in St. Louis because of traveling, so he made this extra special. We traveled to Estes thru Big Thompson we listened to John Denver and my grandchildren said they finally understood what I've been talking about - Words alone cannot describe a ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH!
Great Family Resort
I have gone to the YMCA of the Rockies many times, both as a child and as an adult with my own children. The experience is unforgettable. This was my first time visiting in the winter and it was beautiful. They have lodges (some rooms have bunkbeds, which the kids love) and also cabins. The cabins have fully equipped kitchens. This resort is completely geared towards families. They have numerous FREE activities. It adjoins Rocky Mountain National Park on two sides. The wildlife right outside your door is plentiful. Elk and deer are on the grounds daily. In the summer, the hummingbirds are plentiful and not at all shy! If you're looking for a luxury resort, this is NOT it. It never claims to be that. It's a safe, clean, AFFORDABLE resort to get away from the hussle and bussle of city life.
Good base for exploring Rocky Mountain NPgreat venue for family reunion
The Y is a good base for exploring Rocky Mountain NP, and a great venue for a family reunion or other group activities. Clean small rooms, so-so meals, good recreational facilities, and meeting venues in what must be termed a truly spectacular setting. All at a reasonable price.
Hint: If you want to stay here, reserve early. Groups plan far ahead and take up many of the rooms. Individuals find this the best buy in Estes Park.
Location - Location - Location: The Y is at the front door to the National Park. Beautiful views from the rooms. And a perfect jumping off point for Trail Ridge Road with its scenic vistas, alpine ecology, and elk, rams, marmots and pikas.
Hint: Summer 2007 road construction on the Trail Ridge Road Monday to Friday. Allow extra time for delays.
Hint: The NP is open 24 hours a day. Try driving to the top before dawn in advance of construction -- catch an alpine sunrise without traffic delays.
Room: we had a small room with a double bed and bunk beds, small bath, functioning wifi, and phone ….no TV / radio / AC. Housekeeping staff kept the place clean but did not make up rooms. The Y is not to be confused with the Four Seasons or even a two star motel. But it worked and the price was right.
Hint: As other reviewers have noted, the interior walls were very thin. If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs. Quiet hours of 11 PM to 7 AM were posted and (largely) observed, but ordinary conversations next door could be heard.
Hint: Radio reception was largely cut off by the mountains. If you crave news or music, bring a laptop computer and earphones and hit webcasts via wifi.
Food: Three meals a day were bundled in our package. The kitchen staff did fine with simple foods suited to holding on a steam table --- pasta, stuffed cabbage, soups. Fancier entrees did not fare well. The chicken marsella, pork loin, and kebobs were very dry and tough.
Hint: If you plan to be out at noon, order a box lunch in lieu of the dining room lunch. Just be sure to order by 1 PM the day before.
Hint: No wine or other alcohol in any public areas. The Y started with roots in the temperance movement.
Hint: Arrive on the early side for meals. We had a very long line when we arrived 15 minutes before closing for dinner.
Activities: The extended family at our reunion ranged from kids of 4 to elders of 94, with farmers, starving artists, professors, real estate brokers, lawyers, social workers, at-home-moms . . . and even a tug boat captain. The adults enjoyed a guided two hour horseback ride into the meadows and moraines of NP. The kids liked archery, swimming, and minigolf. All appreciated the simple joys of campfires, smores, singing and the Trail Ridge drive.
Summary: The YMCA of the Rockies hit a price-quality point that was a comfortable fit for all in this very diverse group. High praise indeed.
Beautiful location, fun place to stay in Estes Park
We just got back from a weekend stay at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. We stayed in the Eagle Cliff Lodge in a basic room with a queen bed and 2 sets of bunkbeds. The room is very simple and does not have a TV, but with all the beauty of RMNP, who needs one? The YMCA offers tons of activities for families. We did the Hayride with dinner and it was really enjoyable.
I recommend the YMCA of the Rockies for families who want a basic, simple accomodation in a beautfiful, convenient location for exploring RMNP and Estes Park.
Refreshed after a week at the YMCA
This was a wonderful stay. Our youth group from our church was staying here for a FLY (Free Lutheran Youth) convention, and many families from our church decided to carivan out there for a church family vacation as well. We stayed in a lodge that had hotel style rooms. There are not TV's in the room, which did not bother us, but it was a surprise to others in our group. I was surprised that there were not air conditioners in the rooms. It is a "camp", so you make your own bed with linens that are provided for you and you can change them out at any point during the week during designated hours. There was free coffee in the lobby area that was wonderful. Listen up! The food was outstanding! I spent an entire week not cooking, not having to think of what to make for dinner, and not eating fast food. The food was better than some all inclusive resorts we've stayed at in Mexico. It is such a wonderful area to take a vacation, and time to reflect on God's beauty.
Great Family Vacation Option
We loved our stay at the YMCA of the Rockies. Family friendly is the key word at this retreat. We loved all the options for kids classes and activities. Highlights were archery, horseback riding, and mini golf. The craft center is also fabulous - my daughter & I could have stayed there all week! - though be ready to pay for your crafts. We also enjoyed meeting families & the vistas were spectacular! And the staff was definitely top notch - very positive & helpful and patient with the kiddos! The rooms in the Alpen Lodge were roomy & had a nice balcony, but uncomfortable beds & stuffy (they do have a box fan, but due to the evening noise, it was hard to leave the doors & windows open & sleep too.) Our only complaint was the noise at bedtime (this is definitely a camp with kids running around at night), We ate most meals in the dining hall & the food was definitely cafeteria style & a little on the spendy side for a family of four. But there is a Rustic cafe on the campus for a lighter option & Estes Park is only 5 minutes away. Overall we loved it & our kids are already asking when we will return!
Great Family Reunion
We held our bi-annual family reunion over a long weekend in June at Estes Park. I was the organizer of the reunion and felt that I got excellent service from the group coordinator, Gail, to the lady who had to deal with my accounting problems (trying to coordinate payment from 11 family groups was not easy) at check out. Our family members ranged in age from 7 to 87. The distance between the cabin (we were in the Rainbow Lodge) and the cafeteria was a bit of a problem for the seniors. But, once you got there, the food was good and plentiful. Granted, it was not gourmet, but I have no complaints.
Actually, my only complaint was more of a regret - that we didn't have more time to take advantage of all the activities they offer. We used the back entrance to RMNP, parking near the stables and walking to the shuttle bus. That saved us the $20 park entrance fee. We played miniature golf (difficult course and it could use a bit of maintenance) and frisbee golf. That was quite a challenging frisbee golf course. The last few holes were back and forth across the ravine. FUN.
We had use of a large meeting room in our lodge for our reunion activities. It had a refrigerator and plenty of room for the 39 of us.
I am a travel agent and I don't know of many all inclusive resorts in the U.S., but YMCA of the Rockies sure is a good one with some of the best views ever. (I even saw a bear and two cubs!)
We loved it so much we have already made reservations to return for our 2009 reunion.