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The Basics
How do I make a reservation?

You may either make an online reservation through our website or call our reservation department at 1-888-613-9622. YMCA of the Rockies operates on two reservation season; Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall. While lodge rooms, campsites and yurts can be booked on January 1st for the following Summer/Fall Season and on July 1st Winter/Spring, family cabins are rented through our unique cabin priority system outlined below:

Cabin Donors earn first priority. YMCA of the Rockies is a not-for-profit organization and all of our family cabins have been generously donated by families who are committed to helping us fulfill our Mission. These donors pay the same nightly rate as all of our guests, but they receive first priority when making their reservation requests for each of our reservation seasons.

Members earn second priority A YMCA of the Rockies annual membership entitles you to receive second priority when placing a reservation request for cabins. If you would like to become a YMCA of the Rockies member, please visit our Membership page.

Non-members can make reservations. You do not have to be a member to stay at YMCA of the Rockies. Our online and phone reservations for cabins open to non–members on these dates: Summer/Fall: First Wednesday in April (for cabin reservations June 1 – November 30)
Winter/Spring: First Wednesday in October (for cabin reservations December 1 – May 30)

Do I have to be a member of the YMCA to stay at YMCA of the Rockies-Estes Park Center?

A membership is not required to make reservations.  Members of YMCA of the Rockies receive advanced reservation priority for one cabin per stay, plus a $15 per night discount, plus other benefits. Any YMCA member receives $15 per night discount – must provide membership information.

I forgot something in my cabin/lodge room. What is the number for Lost and Found?

Please call us at 970-586-3341, ext. 1225 and leave a message with your name, phone number, what you lost, and the date and location you think you lost it.  We’ll get back in touch with you, and if we find your item, will discuss your options to come pick it up or have it shipped for a fee.

Will I have wireless internet and cell phone reception?

Estes Park Center has free wireless internet access throughout the property. The signal is strongest in the Administration Building and lodges, only some of the cabins receive a wireless signal. Cell phone reception is dependent on the type of phone and service provider, but signals tend to be weak overall. There are public phones available for guest use.

How far is Estes Park Center from Denver?

Estes Park Center is approximately 75 miles northwest of Denver. Drive time is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours in good road and traffic conditions. Estes Park Center is located at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, Colorado, 80511.

Cabin and Lodge Room FAQs
What is your cancellation policy?

A 35% deposit of total stay is required.

CANCELLATION POLICY: 75% refund of your deposit if canceled more than 30 days prior to arrival; no refund if canceled within 30 days of arrival.

CHANGE POLICY: No fee for modifications made more than 30 days prior to arrival; 35% of the value of the canceled portion of the reservation will be charged for reductions in length of stay, lodging size, or number of reserved units occurring within 30 days of arrival.

Do you accept pets?

We are pleased to offer accommodations for you and your pet(s). Well-behaved pets are allowed in 2-5 bedroom cabins. 2 pet maximum. Pets are not allowed in retreat cabins or lodge rooms.

Please review our Pet Policy before you make your reservation with your pet.


When are check-in/check-out times?

Your accommodations will be ready by 6pm MT for check-in located at the front desk in the Administration building. Please be aware that on busy summer days, weekends, or holidays YOUR CABIN OR ROOM MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER 6:00 PM, so please make your travel plans accordingly. If you arrive before your room is ready, you are welcome to use all YMCA facilities for the entire day of check-in. CHECK-OUT IS 10:00 AM you are welcome to use our facilities the entire day of check-out. We ask that you have all of your belongings out of your room or cabin after 10 am on check-out day.

What is your payment policy and accepted forms of payment?

Once you check-in, you are responsible for paying for the nights you have booked. We accept Mastercard, VISA, Discover, American Express, personal checks, travelers checks and cash. *Special exceptions may apply.

Do you have accessible cabins and lodge rooms? How do I reserve one?

Yes, YMCA of the Rockies has a variety of accessible cabins and lodge rooms. We will carefully consider your preferences, but we cannot guarantee cabin location or specific cabin assignments. Accessible rooms are available in each of our guest lodges, and we have a limited number of accessible cabins. If stairs are difficult for you, please request a ground-level room. The more we know about your particular needs, the better we will be able to serve you. Be sure to contact a reservationist about your requests and needs ahead of time and not during check-in. Please call our reservation staff at 888-613-9622 between 8 AM and 5 PM Mountain Time to reserve the best accommodation for you.

What amenities are in the cabins?

Cabins have either forced hot water or electric heating, fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator and stove with oven, microwaves, telephones and one or more baths. Linens, bath and dish towels, dishes and cooking utensils are provided. Cabins do not have TVs. Vacation Homes, in addition to the above, have a dishwasher and satellite TV. Our cabins do not have air-conditioning because of our cool mountain nights. Currently maid service is not available, but towels and linens can be exchanged at the guest laundry facilities. Most cabins have either gas or wood fireplaces. Roll-away beds are allowed in cabins for a fee. To request a roll-away bed, please call our reservation staff at 888-613-9622 or request it in the comments section of the online reservation form. Gas grills are available to rent for a small fee, but are limited. To rent a gas grill, please call 970-586-3341 ext. 1007 to reserve. Please note that under certain fire bans, the usage of gas grills may be restricted or not allowed. For the latest fire ban information, please visit the activities page.

What amenities are in the lodge rooms?

Lodge rooms do not have cooking facilities or TV. However, mini-fridges are included in Emerald Mountain, Longs Peak and Rams Horn. Towels and bedding are provided. All lodge rooms have  soap dispensers, but only Wind River, Alpen, Emerald Mountain, Longs Peak, and Rams Horn have hair dryers. Shampoo and conditioner are not included.  Our lodge rooms do not have air-conditioning because of our cool mountain nights. Wind River and Alpen lodges have balconies or patios. Currently maid service is not available, but towels and linens can be exchanged at the guest laundry facilities.

Can I request a specific cabin or lodge room?

We will carefully consider your preferences, but we cannot guarantee cabin location, specific cabin assignment, or specific room assignment within a lodge.

Does the YMCA provide linens and towels?

Yes, all bedding and towels are provided in cabins and lodge rooms at YMCA of the Rockies. There are limited toiletries provided. We recommend that guests bring shampoo and conditioner. YMCA of the Rockies also provides toilet paper, tissues, drinking glasses and soap.  Fresh towels and linens can be picked up in the housekeeping office for cabins year round.

Are shampoo, conditioner, soap, and hairdryers provided?

Shampoo and conditioner are not provided at YMCA of the Rockies. Soap dispensers are located at the sink and in the showers of every property at the YMCA of the Rockies. Hairdryers are provided in Wind River, Alpen, Emerald Mountain, Longs Peak and Rams Horn lodge.

Is there air-conditioning in cabins and lodge rooms?

Like most mountain communities, we do not have air conditioning units in our rooms.  Daytime temps peak around 75 degrees in the summer months and quickly cool off in the evening–nighttime temps can dip into the 30s and 40s even in summer.

Are there TVs in the cabins and lodge rooms?

YMCA of the Rockies strives to promote recreation and activity for our guests to come together. Thus, the majority of our cabins and lodge rooms do not have TVs. Vacation homes are the only lodging option with TVs. Free wi-fi is available throughout the property.

Are pack 'n plays and high chairs available?

Yes, pack ‘n plays and high chairs are available and free to rent. Requests must be made at time of reservation.

Do cabins have grills?

Cabins at the YMCA of the Rockies include grills upon request. We ask guests not to bring their grills as a safety precaution. You can arrange to rent a gas grill by calling 970-586-3341 ext 1007. Small gas grills cost $30 for 4 hours of use or $60 for 24 hours. Make sure to call ahead of time, as we have limited numbers of gas grills available. You may bring your own propane (only) grill. Under certain fire bans, the usage of gas grills may be restricted or not allowed. For current fire ban information, please visit our activities page.

Dining at YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center
What are the dining options at Estes Park Center?

The Rustic Cafe:
Located in the Administration Building, the Rustic Café is a perfect place to grab a bite to eat before heading out for a hike or taking in the views! We serve a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items. Wake up early and sip a fresh cup of coffee. Grab a sandwich and snacks to-go. Indulge in homemade specialty desserts, cookies, fudge and fresh baked goods from our bakery!

Aspen Dining Room
Aspen Dining Room offers a variety of options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Open daily, Breakfast: 7am – 9am, Lunch:  11:00am – 1pm, Dinner: 4:30pm – 8pm.
Meal tickets can be purchased at the front desk.

$11 adult
$6 child

$13 adult
$8 child

$16 adult
$11 child

Call the menu line to find out today’s menu, 970-586-3341 x 1109.

Can you accommodate food allergies?

Typically, there are enough allergen free items for any person with any set of allergies to eat, but if something additional is needed, guests are able to ask for an “allergy plate.” This plate is typically a grilled chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and rice or potatoes (depending on the allergy). If there are additional questions or more specific dietary needs, please contact our Food Service Department at 970-586-3341, ext. 1128.

Individual peanut butter packets are available at every meal for guests; we typically do not cook with tree or peanuts, however, if they are in a dish, it will be labeled. Any seafood or shellfish would be easily identifiable and labeled as well.

*We are not an allergen free facility; the risk any guest takes eating here is the same risk they’d take at any other restaurant or dining facility. We work hard to ensure cross contamination does not occur, however, we do have a bakery attached to our kitchen (for those with gluten/wheat issues). Of course, we also follow good practices with these items like hand washing, glove changing, and washing of utensils/cutting boards etc.

Questions about our property's amenities & activities
Do you have laundry facilities?

Our new guest laundry facility is located in the lower level of the Longhouse on the east side of the building. It is open seven days per week, 24 hours per day. Coin-operated washers and dryers are available, along with laundry detergent.

Do you have a workout gym?

Estes Park Center does not have a traditional workout gym. We encourage guests to exercise through the many recreational activities available, such as hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, swimming in our indoor pool and more.

Can I have a campfire?

To reserve a campfire ring for a fee, please call Sweet Memorial at 970-586-3341 ext. 1104.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, all families are welcome to join us for a community fire. No reservations required! Check the Activity Guide for dates and times.

Fire bans may affect the usage of campfires and cookout areas; for the latest fire ban information, please visit the activities page.

Can I recycle?

There are recycling bins in various locations on grounds for paper, aluminum, plastic and glass. The main collection point is at Vehicle Maintenance, across from mini golf, down Pine Cone Way.

Where can I buy wood for my cabin fireplace?

Guests in cabins with wood-burning fireplaces may purchase bundles of wood at Sweet Memorial Building or Admin for $5 per bundle. After hours, wood can be purchased at the Administration Building. Wood gathering is not permitted on the Estes Park Center grounds.

Do you have hot tubs?

We do not have any hot tubs on our property. We do have an indoor, heated pool that is open year-round.

Policies (alcohol, smoking, etc)
What is your smoking policy?

We are proud that Estes Park Center provides a clean-air environment. Please respect our non-smoking policy in all facilities. We provide special fire-safe ashtrays in several outdoor areas designated for smoking.

What is your alcohol policy?

Alcoholic beverages are not sold on-grounds and may be consumed only in the privacy of your room, cabin or group meeting space.

What is your Marijuana policy?

YMCA of the Rockies strives to provide a safe, healthy and family-friendly environment to protect the youth, families and groups we serve. As allowed by law in Colorado, YMCA of the Rockies has a strict no marijuana policy that forbids the possession, use and/or consumption of marijuana anywhere on our properties, in our facilities, or during participation in our programming. YMCA of the Rockies is a Mission-driven organization whose core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith are best represented in an environment which excludes the use of marijuana. Thank you for abiding by our policy.

What is your Anti-Discrimination Policy?

With respect to membership in the YMCA of the Rockies and participation in its programs and activities, it is the policy of the YMCA of the Rockies to protect against any practice, activity, decision or condition that discriminates on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability. The YMCA of the Rockies is a Christian organization dedicated to serving all persons of goodwill, as well as organizations devoted to religious, charitable, educational or recreational purposes. The Association shall be inclusive in welcoming individuals, conferences and staff of various backgrounds and shall seek to put Christian principles into practice by serving members and groups of various faiths and providing resources for Christian and spiritual growth for those who desire to participate. It is the responsibility of the CEO to enact and administer procedures and guidelines to ensure understanding and compliance by all members of management, staff and volunteers.

What is your drone policy?

The safety and privacy of our guests and campers is of the highest priority for the YMCA of the Rockies. Therefore we do not allow private or commercial drones to be used in the immediate airspace over our properties, except in limited circumstances when the operator has received written permission from the YMCA of the Rockies. This includes use associated with special events, marketing and in film/photo applications.

What is your firearms policy?

As a private property, YMCA of the Rockies prohibits public display of firearms on its campuses, except during YMCA-sanctioned events. Additionally, we require that guests traveling with firearms keep them unloaded at all times while on our properties, encased with a trigger lock in place.

YMCA of the Rockies will not service any YMCA facilities where a firearm is discovered, locked or unlocked. If a staff member discovers a firearm in a YMCA facility after check out has occurred, staff will  immediately contact security to request an urgent response from the County Sheriff’s Office.

Questions about the Town of Estes Park, surrounding area, & Colorado
Where is the nearest downhill and cross-country ski facility?

The nearest downhill and cross-country ski facility is Eldora, located one hour south on Highway 7.

What are options for transportation in/around Estes Park once I arrive?

Ride Sharing
The availability of Lyft and Uber in the Estes Park area is extremely limited. For a taxi, call Estes Park Taxi (970) 372-9888.

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Shuttle
During busy summer months, Rocky Mountain National Park highly recommends using the Park’s shuttle system to avoid crowded parking lots. Learn more and view routes on their website.

Is there a shuttle to and from the airport?

We recommend using the Estes Park Shuttle. Please see their website for schedule and prices:

Where is the closest grocery store?

There is a grocery store roughly two miles away, at the intersection of 66 and Mary’s Lake Road. There is also a Safeway store in downtown Estes Park, roughly four miles away.

Where can I find information regarding road conditions?

The most up-to-date information regarding road conditions in Colorado is at The most up-to-date information regarding roads in Rocky Mountain National Park, including Trail Ridge Road, can be found at

What is the weather like during each season?

Weather can vary dramatically over the course of a day because of our altitude (8,010 feet above sea level). We recommend bringing a variety of clothing layers. To check the current weather and monthly averages, please check this site:

Should I be concerned about the altitude?

We are located at 8,010 feet above sea level. Above 8,000 feet, oxygen is approximately 45% less dense and there is 50% to 80% less humidity than sea level. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Visitors from lower elevations may notice shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and/or nausea.

To alleviate these symptoms, we recommend drinking plenty of water (64 ounces daily), get lots of rest, eat lightly and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

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