If you’re looking for a place to stay when visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, the YMCA of the Rockies is hard to beat. The facility is located in Estes Park, just a short drive to RMNP, is not expensive and is very well maintained. The YMCA property actually buts up against part of the National Park and there is one spot where you can actually hike directly from the Y into RMNP.
This is an old-fashioned Summer Camp facility with a long history. The building that houses the reservations desk is over 100 years old but, the lodgings are all modern and well-kept. One note: there are no televisions in the rooms – plenty of natural attractions to keep you busy! Many groups come here for conferences and nature related activities. We saw several school groups, an a capella singing group that actually performed at dinner one night and a Christian writers conference while staying there. May is actually pretty slow in this area but there were still a good number of people out and about during our visit.
We loved the setting here. The Rocky Mountains are around you everywhere. Elk and deer roam through the grounds as well as many other creatures I am sure. (No bear visits while we were there but they do appear at times.)
The only thing I might complain about (a little) is the food. They have a big dining hall that is all you can eat cafeteria-style. It’s very convenient (except when a huge group of kids appear and you have to wade through that line with them running around like wild banshee) and the food isn’t bad but, it’s on the expensive side and it is well, cafeteria food. We found that going into Estes Park gave us many more choices at the same price. Of course, if you are at the YMCA for a conference or group event, this may be the only choice.
I would definitely recommend this place and would come back gladly.
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, CO 80511