Disclosure: In return for our honest review my family and I received free vouchers for activities at the YMCA of the Rockies for a weekend of fun. All opinions are our own.
Over the last few years we have shared our love of the 2 local YMCAs in our area and now we have decided to start a new family tradition with the YMCA of the Rockies. About six months ago I decided to reserve us a cabin at the Estes Park location for the New Years weekend. We have never really done much for that “holiday” and the timing worked perfectly. It was such a great decision. Like always, we had a great experience at the YMCA but with the additional New Years Eve activities we are now set on making this a yearly tradition.
What is the YMCA of the Rockies?
YMCA of the Rockies, located near the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, is an ideal vacation, reunion, wedding and conference destination. The best part about this weekend getaway is how easy of a drive it is, even in the winter.
You can fill your day and nights at Estes Park Center YMCA with so many programs and activities. Every season brings fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll, we can set you on your way.
Just like all of our previous visits to the YMCA, Teagan’s very favorite part is going to the craft center. She loves it. The craft and design center offers a wide variety of projects for kids ages 2 to 102! Check out the wood and leather crafts, the jewelry area with thousands of beads, ceramics, and tie dye. The prices of these activities range from $3.00-$75.00 per project. There is literally something for everyone and if Teagan had her way, we would have spent the whole day there! Painting certainly seems to be one of her favorite things to choose. This time she decided to paint a Little Mermaid figure. So focused!
New Years Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies: Estes Park Colorado
The whole reason we reserved during this time was to enjoy the last bit of the holiday season as well as some resting for the New Year. I was so excited to ring in the New Year with my little family away from it all.
There are a number of different options when looking at lodging including lodge rooms that are similar to hotels, large reunion cabins, yurts and 2-5 bedroom cabins.
Keep in mind when you are planning your trip that the seasons do make for different activity options. During the winter the activities that are on site and mostly free to all who are guests of the YMCA include: archery, campfires, crafts, Dorsey Museum, games, hiking, ice skating, snowshoeing, roller skating and pool fun.
Sue @NoFixedAbodeForSue says
What a great tradition to start for your family. Your children looked so happy in the photos Im sure they had a blast. I can imagine sitting around that fireplace, I just love having a real fire in the winter. Seems like there was plenty to do. We also have a family tradition of making a puzzle when all the family gets together, kind of a bonding experience.
What a wonderful get away. The kids look as though they are really enjoying their time doing the various projects. And the weather was really on your side. I've never been to Colorado. It looks gorgeous.
Stephanie Jeannot says
That must have been a fun experience to take in the new year at the YMCA Rockies in Colorado with your family. I love your photos. They show this to be a great place, especially for family with young kids. Looks like you had a really great time at that. What a great way to celebrate each other and to relax before school started back up.
Phoebe @ GettingFreedom says
What a great way to ring in the New Year! The YMCA of the Rockies sounds like a great option for a quick family getaway. With a large family, we often opt to book rooms/homes that have kitchens, because eating out gets really expensive after awhile.
Yona Williams says
I think the Craft Center is a really cool feature of the YMCA. That is a place I'd get lost in if I were a child. Wow…you were so close to that deer…it almost doesn't look real. What beautiful surroundings for a place like that.
Echo A says
What a great family tradition! This looks like such an amazing place! I had no idea that YMCAs even offered things like this! I would love to stay there. I also love the limited technology, which makes kids and families connect!
Heather Wilson says
I had no idea YMCA offers all this! It looks so fun! I love that there are options for the adults and the kids. That bullseye picture is so cute – and darn that is impressive, too. It's so nice to see the connections – and not to cell phones – but to each other here.
Julie Wood says
This looks like so much fun to take the family and enjoy this sites at the Rockies. I did not know that the YMCA had this for families. I would love to have a getaway like this one.
Valerie CottageMakingMommy says
What a great tradition to start with your family. We love visiting Colorado and going up in the mountains and doing all of the shopping. The driving down the steep mountains is what makes me so nervous. I didn't realize the Y's had something this cool available.