Monday, July 29, 2013


I am finally getting around to our family vacation at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center that we took with our son Jeffrey and his family earlier this month.  

It is a rainy day here, but that's okay.  We really need the rain.  The temperature is only 67 degrees at 11:30 in the morning.  "Crazy" as my dil Sara would say.

I went to our local YMCA for water fitness this am at 8.  Driving home, I decided this would be a perfect day to blog about our family vacation.  I have been "putting it off" because I know it will take a while since I have so many pictures.

I just finished reviewing the pictures and I do have a LOT.  It is hard deciding which ones to show.  So I have decided I will break it down into several posts.  That way I can share many of them with you.

To begin I thought I would just talk and share about the camp.

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center is a beautiful place and there is so much to do.  It is a perfect place to vacation in the Rockies if you have a family.  My husband is anxious to go back and include our other son Patrick and his family too.  We stayed 3 nights and could have enjoyed ourselves longer. The pool pump wasn't working and so the pool was closed until it could be replaced.  That was really disappointing as the pool was one of the main reasons we chose the Y, but we stayed busy the whole time we were there.  Actually if the pool had been opened, we would not have had time to do the things we did.

It was back in 1907 that the YMCA decided to purchased the Wind River Lodge and adjoining 334 acres in Estes Park to use as a training center for national and international YMCA staff.
Over the next 20 years, family lodgings were built and family programs were started.  In the 60s it expanded its accommodations and programs.  It now contains 860 acres. Year-round and seasonal employees come from almost 40 counties.

This is a picture of the entrance from Highway 66.

Along with cabins there are a number of lodges that you can stay in. We stayed in the Longs Peak Lodge that is perfectly placed close to the dining room, the administration building, the pool, and other activities.  The lodge was built in 2009 and contains 100 "motel-like" rooms that contain two queen-size beds and private bath.

This was the view from the front of our lodge.

Other views around the camp....
Some of the smaller cabins.  We also enjoyed the view of the mountains in the background while we were in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  This picture was taken from the front of the dining hall which was directly behind our lodge.

Panned back from the previous site.  You can see some of the MANY youth there also enjoying the many activities.

Kids were playing on an athletic field.  Beyond it were 3 tennis courts and a 9 - hole and 18 - hole miniature golf course

We were at the golf courses/tennis courts area looking back at the AD building on the left.  The building in the middle is the dining room, auditorium, and assembly hall.

The grandkids had a blast with the crafts.  Colby tie-dyed a t-shirt, Hallie made a mosaic top for a wooden box, and Sadie painted a princess bank.  They also played pool, ping pong, and foosh ball. We "rented" board games to play at night since we didn't think to take any.  (There are no televisions.)  We could have taken hikes, participated in nature classes and archery, gone fishing.....soooo much available that we just didn't have time to do.

I love hanging baskets and these were two different ones hanging under the eves of our lodge.

Another pretty one.

As I said, earlier, if you are looking for a place to enjoy with your family, the Estes Center of the YMCA of the Rockies is a perfect place for you to stay.  You don't have to be members of a YMCA but if you are, you do receive a discount on your lodging and get the "day pass" for all the activities included in your cost.  We also received two free breakfasts for each morning we were there at the "All-you-can-eat" dining room.  One night we ordered pizza from the pizza kitchen there.  It was excellent.  A 16 - inch pizza was only $9.  I would certainly recommend that for one of your meals.

I think I'm looking forward to that vacation my husband is planning with both of our sons and their families, too.

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