Five Things You May Not Know About YMCA of the Rockies

by Ashley Jones

Colorado,  Member Matters

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1. Between the two YMCA of the Rockies centers, Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch, it is the largest YMCA camp and conference operation in the world. Established in 1907, YMCA of the Rockies is also the highest YMCA camp in the nation with the centers located at 8,050 feet above sea level and 8,750 feet above sea level.

2. YMCA of the Rockies can host as many as 7,400 guests on any given day between the two centers; a few notable guests who have stayed there include Mother Theresa and George W. Bush during his presidency.

3. In August 2010, YMCA of the Rockies and The Conservation Fund​ announced the protection of nearly 2,800 acres of Snow Mountain Ranch. The land is protected through a conservation easement, a voluntary agreement between the YMCA of the Rockies and the Colorado State Forest Service that forever eliminates the right to subdivide and develop Snow Mountain Ranch’s 2,786-acre backcountry, while allowing the YMCA to continue its valuable programs and operations at Snow Mountain Ranch.

4. YMCA of the Rockies is one of the only YMCA’s in the nation with their own museum. The Lula W. Dorsey Museum houses more than 100 years of Rocky Mountain history and documents the early founders of the YMCA of the Rockies, founded before Rocky Mountain National Park came into existence.

5. The YMCA of the Rockies has a long history of supporting active military and their families. This year, they aim to serve 623 military families through the Military Getaway Package, a discounted lodging package priced at only $149 for a two night stay, meals, and activities for a family of four.

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Ashley Jones