Like most everyone else, we have 99% great things to say about YMCA of the Rockies. We stayed in Chik Wauk (cabin 45). Very spacious, we had myself and my wife, our 8 year old daughter, and my parents staying in the 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and it was more than enough cabin. It's also great for entertaining, we had other families over for dinner twice and all the room and huge tables inside and on the deck are great.
Pointers: (1) Just buy or bring a travel grill (like the ones that use 1 lb. propane tanks) with you if you want to grill. The Y rents them for $30 per day, but they are the tiny little coleman things that don't work very well, so you're better off just picking one up in Denver for $79 and donating it when you're done. Likewise, be prepared to "donate" cooking utensils, corkscrews, etc that the cabins might not have, it appears to be pretty random. (2) Do your OWN research ahead of time and when there, because the vast majority of the staff are unpaid volunteers, and they just don't know that many details about what's going on with the activities, options, times of things, etc. Don't set the expectation that the place is like a resort or anything with paid staff, and you can have the time of your life!
There is a TON of wildlife. Elk about, mule deer mill about, and bears visit. We had a bear spend about a good hour getting into the "bear proof" garbage recepticle. The staff cleaned it up and repaired it promptly in the morning.
- 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