Even if you are visiting during the summer months, the altitude can make for some brisk mornings and evenings. The top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park sits at just over 12,000 feet and the temperature there can be 20 degrees colder than at the YMCA of the Rockies properties—even during the day! Pack a synthetic or wool midlayer, an insulated jacket, a winter hat, and gloves to preserve your heat if the temperatures plummet. Also, don’t forget a rain jacket. Thundershowers are frequent afternoon visitors, but they (usually) don’t last long. Still, you don’t want to get caught unprepared.
If you plan to hike a high peak or saunter through the forest, you’ll want something comfortable and durable on your feet. Hiking boots are best to support your ankles on rugged and rocky trails. Sneakers or trail runners with a more aggressive tread will work too. And don’t forget good socks! Our hiking guides here recommend wool or wool-blend socks to wick moisture and regulate your temperature.
Our cabins and hotel-style lodge rooms offer most essentials like towels, bed linens and hand soap, but you’ll need to pack your own shampoo and moisturizer, in addition to your usual array of toiletries.
If you are a coffee drinker and staying in a cabin, don’t forget to bring your favorite grind or pick some up at a local shop, like Kind Coffee in Estes Park or Rocky Mountain Roastery near Snow Mountain Ranch. Cabins are equipped with drip coffee makers and filters, but you’ll need to bring your own ground coffee (BYOC, if you will). If you are staying in a hotel-style lodge room, in-room coffee makers are available, or complimentary dispenser coffee machines in lodge lobbies.