The YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park facility provides the opportunity for several activities onsite and nearby. For additional information on activities onsite, please see the YMCA of the Rockies Activity Page.
In particular, review the program bulletin for detailed information on all activities taking place at the Estes Park Center – YMCA of the Rockies. Activities include yoga, nature hikes, film viewings, horseback riding, and much more. Be sure to check the activity details, as some are free, while others come with a cost. The program bulletin for August 10 – 17 can be found here.
In addition to the onsite activities, there has been significant interest in coordinating a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The morning of Friday, August 17 has been left open intentionally to allow for such a trip to take place. Please note that these trips are personal trips, and are not an activity offered by the RCN Workshop. We can help connect people for these trips to RMNP.
(1) RMNP Hike to Bear Lake/Dream Lake/Nymph Lake/Emerald Lake:
There are a couple PhD students from the University of Colorado Denver, Elliot Cohen and Josh Sperling, who will help coordinate logistics among those interested in hiking. The set of four lakes offer choices for all, with the first Bear Lake being stroller and wheelchair accessible.
If you are interested in hiking, the plan is to meet on Friday morning (August 17) at 7:20 a.m. and to return to the YMCA facility by around Noon.
If you are planning on hiking while at the workshop, please be sure to be adequately prepared. In particular:
• Bring sturdy hiking appropriate shoes
• Bring a rain jacket as well as a couple additional layers
• Be prepared to bring at least 2 liters of water
• Be aware of the affects of altitude (altitudes range from 7500 to over 12,000 feet)
We have provided a google doc to help coordinate logistics for those interested in hiking. Google Doc Link
(2) RMNP Scenic Drive on Trail Ridge Road
- the highest continuously paved road in the US, will take you into Alpine Tundra. Drive on your own, coordinate carpool through this Google Doc Link
. Please make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for driving in the mountains.
(3) Lake Estes in the town of Estes Park may be another good option for kids, biking, and boating.