I half jokingly say when I die I want my ashes sprinkled over this amazing place. We have vacationed here 4 out of the last 5 years and will return for a week this summer. It is the PERFECT family vacation. Inexpensive, beautiful location, so much to do for EVERYONE in the family. We initially stayed at the Alpen Inn which is a very basic dorm style "hotel". Nothing luxurious but clean.
The other 3 years we've stayed in 3 bedroom cabins. Again they are cabins, not 5 star resorts, but comfy, cozy, and fully equipped except no television which you won't miss!
The ONLY downside I can think of is no spa or nice fitness facility or exercise classes. You really don't need to take time to exercise as many of the long, beautiful hikes (organized through the Y w/hike masters & FREE) through R.M.N. Park will suffice!
Kids go to camp (optional & an extra cost but affordable & worth every penny) from about 9-3 while you have time with your spouse or significant other. I could go on & on about my beloved YMCA of the Rockies but I don't want to convince too many people to come! Ha Ha.
It is already tough enough to get a reservation during the peak (July & August) unless you are a long time member. We have been lucky to get our first choice (end of June) though we only have 4 years "seniority". Families return year after year, generation after generation for fun & family bonding. It is doubtful you'll get bored at the Y but if you do, just head down the road to Estes Park for lovely quaint shopping, "the rainbow slide"
as my kids call it, delicious restaurants and so much more. BTW if you are willing to stay in one of the lodges you will have more flexibility with the dates you want to come.
The only person I'd discourage from coming is someone who is looking for luxury or night life.
- 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