We spent 4 nights here June 29-July 4 for a family reunion of 40 folks from age 2 to 78. We rented both the Mountainside Lodge and Bighorn Annex (across the parking lot). This set up was perfect for reconnecting with each other and nature.
The cabin is UP the hillside about 1.5 miles from the main YMCA area so it's a hearty walk, doable but not more than once per day. For this reason we are glad we hit Costco on Boulder and stocked up before getting to the lodge. We cooked Lasagna, burgers, fajitas, pancakes, eggs, margaritas, beer and ended up eating for about $34 per person for the 4 day stay. This was way cheaper and more fun than schlepping to the busy lodge for each meal. The kitchen was well equipped with two fridges and two stoves.
The building is rustic cabin cool and comfortable and unique. There are views from every room and the deck at night offers phenomenal light-pollution-free start gazing. There are many activities at the Y, all are well run, however, we were not impressed with the kids fishing excursion by Sasquatch outfitters. That was more like a babysitting excursion that allowed the PARENTS to learn fishing. Paddling the Poudre was a great family friendly river excursion. It's a bit of a drive to get to the river but, still fun. You also get use of an outdoor pavilion with gas grill, tables and seating for 70 and power plugs, views, and protective awnings in case of inclement weather. There is also an outdoor chapel about 75 yards away for morning worship.
We are considering also returning to the Mountainside lodge and adding the house up the hill for more attendies next time.
- 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