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“A beautiful place to visit and have lunch.”

Shambhala Mountain Center
Reviewed October 3, 2012

I haven’t gone to any of their retreats. This review just pertains to a daytime visit. We found this place by accident while staying in cabins on Rt. 14. It is on a well maintained dirt road that is off of Rt. 14 near Glen Echo Resort. This is near mile marker 91 which is about an hour drive from Fort Collins. It is about 10 minutes from 14 - just follow the signs. Most of the complex is open to the public. The main attraction is the stupa (temple) which is a 20 minute walk from the parking lot. It is beautifully carved and painted on the outside and also beautiful on the inside with a huge statue of Buddha and a gorgeous inlaid floor. Other attractions include a rather overgrown native garden, a gift shop (that was closed when we were there), and hiking. They supposedly have 8 miles of hiking trails but we didn’t have time to use them. Also, they have a buffet style lunch between 12:30-1:30pm for only a $10 suggested donation. The food was quite good with pasta with both a chicken alfredo sauce and a vegetarian tofu sauce, a very fresh salad bar, fruit, and other things. Although there didn’t seem to be many people on the grounds on a weekday in September, there were dozens of people eating lunch. I recommend this place, especially if you are in the area.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is a very special place where I have often visited, takiing the meditative walk up to the stupa. Often take visiting friends to see it. One of a kind!

3  Thank keeevm
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Buddhist camp/retreat. Educational retreats/meetings facility. Spectacular surrounding moutainous area, about 30-40 miles NW of Ft Collins. 8,000 ft elevation. 15 minute walk back into the shrine/Stupa from main parking lot. Tours available. Permits allowed so those with health conditions can visit to without walking. Donations suggested. Mesmerizing holy site.

2  Thank Skypond3041
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

It should be noted that the Shambhala Mountain Center is primarily a Buddhist camp, but a visit to see the fantastic stupa should be on any tourist's agenda when traveling to Red Feather Lakes or up Poudre Canyon from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs or Walden. Said to be the largest stupa in North America, this Buddhist monument is not visible on the 15 minute well marked easy trail until it looms above in all its glory. Fantastic art work decorates the entire structure outside and inside, and a huge statue is visible within. A small visitors' center is at the site, and descriptive signs are located throughout the camp. By all means come to see this great work of art even if you don't have any interest in Buddhism. Public rest rooms are available in a number of places along the walk including near the stupa, and lunch may be obtained for a donation. A sign indicates that tours are sometimes available. Note that the Center is maintained by volunteers. So don't expect perfectly groomed paths.

7  Thank Mikecbu
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

If you are interested in learning more about meditation-this is the place. Totally awesome people.

5  Thank katiegriffith
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