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joseph peterson
(sparky) - F

Locale: Southern California
Need help with rocky mountain destinations on 02/11/2011 16:08:07 MST Print View

So I am trying to get some ideas together for a family reunion in 2012, and I need help from local residents of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, new mexico, possibly arizona and idaho.

Was hoping for california as I know all the nooks and crannies of the sierra, but with a family of six driving in from iowa, and another family of 5 driving in from arkansas, we need to meet out east some.

I need:

1. somewhere in the Rockies, not farther north than Yellowstone.

2. looking for a small locally owned cabin resort, able to accomodate 35 people, in cabins/tents.

3. Needs to be affordable, and no chain resort yuppie crap

4. Access to hiking, fishing, horseback riding, general water activities

5. Somewhere high enough to avoid heat....hopefully at least 6,000ft in elevation.

Thanks in advance!


Jason McSpadden
(JBMcSr1) - M

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Help with a Rocky Mountain Destination on 02/11/2011 16:32:38 MST Print View

A good possibility might be YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. I don't know the costs. But there are many cabins to choose from, cafeteria available if needed, beautiful scenery, right at Rocky Mountain National Park, lots of activities either organized or self organized. Some decent restaurants in town, great hiking, fishing, and huge elk just wandering the grounds of the YMCA and in town.

It's a good place.

Jason Delso
(zencarver) - MLife

Locale: DFW
Lake City, CO on 02/11/2011 16:41:39 MST Print View

Lake City, CO might do the trick. I've stayed there a few times with friends and family.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Need help with rocky mountain destinations on 02/11/2011 16:53:45 MST Print View

What's "affordable" mean to you?

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Wind River Range on 02/11/2011 23:13:27 MST Print View


You might try the Big Sandy Lodge in Wyoming. It's definitely not a yuppie place. It's rustic (there's no electricity) and it's somewhat remote. It borders the Bridger Wilderness, and it's 1.5 miles from the Continental Divide Trail--so there's nearby access to the backcountry for those who want to head out for backpacking or rock climbing (it's only 10 miles from there to the Cirque of the Towers). I stayed there a couple of years ago the night before heading out for a backpacking trip. You can fish right out the front door, and there's lots of other excellent fishing in very close proximity to the lodge. There's horseback riding, too.

joseph peterson
(sparky) - F

Locale: Southern California
Need help with rocky mountain destinations on 02/12/2011 13:30:56 MST Print View

Affordable means no catered meals or marble bathrooms :).

I'd say not more than up to 200$ a night for smaller sized cabins, rustic is ok. 7 or 8 families 35 (plus and minus a few) people total.

I have stayed at that estes park ymca probably 18 years ago, was pretty cool.

That sandy bar place looks bitchin'