For the last weekend in October this year, we had the pleasure of spending it at the YMCA of the Rockies for the Halloween Spooktacular event! I had been eyeing this property for some time now on our trips to Estes Park, as not only is it in a picturesque mountain setting, but it radiates a family friendly vibe with all their activities and programs. They go all out for Halloween, adding a full day of spooktacular events to their program which include items like a family friendly Haunted House and Trick-or-Treating. We had the best time here as a family, never even leaving the property because there was so much to do onsite!
YMCA of the Rockies – Accommodation
We stayed for two nights in the Crestview Cabin on property at the YMCA of the Rockies. This 3 bedroom cabin has gorgeous views of the mountains from its own private deck, along with a roaring fireplace in the living room that we took full advantage of in the evenings to stay warm. It had its own full kitchen equipped with all the essentials, allowing us to make a few meals and snacks ourselves. When traveling with kids, I always love it when our accommodations have some form of a kitchen as it allows you to not only save money, but have food & drink on hand that you know your kids will eat.
YMCA of the Rockies has a plethora of accommodations to choose from, varying in size and price from hotel style rooms to cabins and vacation homes. Traveling with a family, I highly recommend either a cabin or vacation home. We loved having the kitchen and the extra space with the kids, plus the view from our own deck was ideal!
YMCA of the Rockies – Activities
You will not run short of activities to do onsite at the YMCA of the Rockies. They have an incredible amount of family friendly programs and venues right at your fingertips. Onsite, they have a roller skating rink, an indoor pool, a craft center that any artistic kid will drool over, a playground, basketball hoops, game room, campfires and horse stables for horseback riding. We took a horseback ride here about about a year ago and love the trail and guide! They allow younger kids to ride double with you, which not many properties do, which we are grateful for as we were able to have our first family trail ride when Easton was still 2. They also offer short pony rides if your children don’t want to do a full horseback ride.
The craft and design center is in a large building onto itself, which a large selection of activities to choose from for an additional, but reasonable, cost. They have tie-dye, mosaics, jewelry making, sand pouring, ceramic painting, basket making and leather stamping. We went on Sunday morning as a family to the craft center and let each kid pick out their activity. Easton choose sand pouring, because it seemed like the messiest thing he could do, and Emmie chose to make a mosaic out of broken glass, which was a jewelry box. They had a lot of colors to choose from, and it took Emmie almost two hours to create her masterpiece of her calico kitty. She loved every minute of it and it turned out pretty darn cute!
In addition to all listed above, they have programs scheduled around archery, hiking, disc golf, fishing, rock climbing, yoga and so much more. The have programs planned each day at certain times so you can check out ahead of time the schedule to plan your trip. Not to mention the wildlife that roams the property! We saw at least 20 deer and maybe 30 elk just lounging around the grounds while we were there, sometimes just right outside our cabin.
The best part about this resort is everything is on property! This happens to be my favorite feature 🙂 No driving far distances with the kids in the car or having to GPS your way around town to find what you need. We practically walked to everything onsite, or took a short 2-3 minute ride to get there. Proximity is key with kids!
YMCA of the Rockies – Dining
At the YMCA of the Rockies, they have a dining hall that you can grab meals at. It is cafeteria style food, and stays pretty busy throughout the time. We ate there once, as our kids a pickier eaters and I like less of a crowd. We used the kitchen a lot in our cabin to have breakfast or lunch, and then we ate dinner in the town of Estes Park, which has a lot to offer and is just a short 5-10 minute drive away. Estes Park is one of my favorite towns ever, so a drive into town for dinner and shopping is a must while staying here!
YMCA of the Rockies – Spooktacular Event
YMCA of the Rockies has lots of holiday events planned throughout the year, and we got to partake in their Halloween Spooktacular event which was so much fun! For this event, they had extra spooky family activities planned during the day on Saturday. Here is what the program guide looked like:
10am – 5pm: Sack Craft
10am – 8pm: Family Film
1:30pm – 4pm: Pumpkin Carving ($5)
1:30pm – 8pm: Monster Mash at the Skating Rink
3pm – 4pm: Story Telling
3pm -5pm: Trick or Treating around the YMCA
6pm -8pm: Family – Friendly Haunted House
6:30pm -7:30pm: Bingo
7:30pm- 8:30pm : Halloween Trivia
We did the sack craft, which the kids decorated and colored their Halloween bags. They also got to get a little sloppy and made their own slime. After crafts, we headed to the skating rink to jam out to some Halloween music while their kids took some laps around the roller rink. It is a small rink, but we were about the only ones there so the kids had plenty of room to roam.
After skating and a quick session on the playground, we headed back to our cabin to get dressed in our Halloween costumes. The kids trick-or-treated to a few of the buildings around the property to get some candy, and then we made our way to the Haunted House. The staff here did an amazing job with this! You can choose your level of scary, so we picked ‘Medium’ as to not frighten the kids too much… and it was perfect! Just the right amount of spooky and scary. It only takes a few minutes to walk through, but it made a lasting impression on our kids as they still talk about it today.
We had such a fantastic time at this property, especially over such a fun weekend like Halloween with the family friendly haunted house. In addition to Halloween fun, they also do a turkey trot for Thanksgiving and Christmas activities around the holidays. This property is beautiful and a family friendly haven with all the amenities and activities onsite. It is a great way to spend time together as a family in the mountains and I cannot wait to go back!