Estes Park Center Sparks Inspiration

By Mira Temkin, December 18, 2017

When Jackie Wilson sang “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” he might as well have been talking about The YMCA of the Rockies’ Estes Park Center.

Indeed, this multipurpose, recreational center is set 8,000 feet above sea level against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife.

“Our guests often express the spiritual inspiration and closeness to God they feel in these surroundings,” says Lisa Neujahr, marketing and communications director for YMCA of the Rockies.

Estes Park Center includes three indoor chapels and a variety of outdoor chapels where worship is accompanied by gorgeous views and the sounds of nature.

“Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body,” says Neujahr. Every year, the center hosts hundreds of church groups, youth retreats and spiritual leader gatherings as well as Catholic school principals and Christian writers groups.

With 250 cabins and nine lodge buildings—including three new ones that are LEED certified, the center can accommodate up to 3,000 attendees. To help groups take advantage of the mountainous location, Estes Park Center has a variety of recreation activities available, from an adventure ropes course and zip line to volleyball, horseback riding and crafting. In spring 2018, it will open a new Mountain Center for rock climbing, mountain biking, fly-fishing and guided hikes.

The charming town of Estes Park is 10 minutes away. During the summer, shuttle buses make regular stops at the YMCA of the Rockies to transport guests back and forth for shopping and dining.

An Elevated Experience

ELEVATE is a gap program with a purpose. Designed for students ages 18 to 25 taking time off before or in between college years, this program at YMCA of the Rockies teaches valuable life skills training in the hospitality industry. ELEVATE staff work in all departments such as setup and food service for conferences, as well as housekeeping and program activities for conference attendees.

“ELEVATE participants do much more than gain employment skills; they’re learning and growing as part of a cause,” says Neujahr. “They get a unique opportunity to improve health and well-being in the community and support our neighbors while also enjoying a multitude of recreational activities right in their Rocky Mountain backyard.”

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