Lodging, Meals & Transportation

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  • Information on AEE lodging blocks coming soon!
  • Lodging cancellation policies can be found here
  • YMCA Quiet Hours: 11 PM–7 AM
  • Laundry (self-service) A coin operated laundry is located on the lower level of the Longhouse Building and is open 24/7.
  • YMCA Check-In & Out Policies:
    • Check-in at the guest registration desk located in the Administration Building when you first arrive. Check-in is available 24 hours a day.

    • If you arrive before your room is ready you can pre-register to access our facilities, then enjoy the property and activities until you are notified that you can settle into your accommodations. 
    • You are welcome to use our facilities the entire day of check-out.

    • We ask that all belongings be removed by 10 a.m. the day of your check-out.

    • What amenities are in my room?
  • Need a roommate?

    Once you're registered, you can join the AEE attendee Slack Channel! This is an online chatroom space for attendees to ask questions, discuss transportation and housing. The link can be found in your confirmation e-mail.

Campus Information 

  • Website: YMCA of the Rockies
  • Wi-Fi is provided in each of the cabins and lodges. 

  • Not Allowed on YMCA Property: Drones, Firearms, Marijuana (see here for details)
  • Cell service varies by carrier. Cell service can be limited depending on your location on property. Please note you are in a mountain area and cell service can be limited throughout the geographical region. 

  • Lost & Found: Please call 970.586.3341, ext. 1225 and leave a message with your name, phone number, what you lost, and the date and location you think you lost it.  We’ll get back in touch with you, and if we find your item, will discuss your options to come pick it up or have it shipped for a fee.

  • YMCA COVID-19 Policies: For your health and safety, we are making decisions about our operations based on our local and state health agency orders and guidelines due to COVID-19.  Please read about the latest protocols.

  • Weather: YMCA of the Rockies locations are between 8,010-8,700 feet above sea level. Be prepared with the proper attire as temperatures can vary dramatically over the course of a day.

  • Altitude: The low oxygen levels found at high altitudes can cause problems for travelers who are going to destinations higher than 8,000 feet above sea level. YMCA of the Rockies locations are found between 8,010 - 8,700 ft above sea level. We suggest the following to help our visitors adapt to altitude: Drink plenty of water (64 ounce daily), Rest if you feel fatigued or dizzy, avoid alcohol, reapply sunscreen often.

    • Wildlife Safety: We share our beautiful locations with all different kinds of wildlife. Read these articles to learn how to stay safe around wildlife and how to help our wild neighbors stay safe, too.

      Safely Enjoy Spring Wildlife

      Your Elk Rut Questions Answered

      Be Bear Aware 

    • YMCA Property Policies: To help maintain our beautiful surroundings guests must abide by the following rules.

      • Stay on trails when hiking and only park in designated areas. Traveling in undesignated areas causes erosion of fragile ecosystems.
      • Do not feed wildlife under any circumstance.
      • Keep your distance while viewing wildlife. For your safety, use a zoom lens and stay at least two bus-lengths from any animal.
      • Be bear aware. Do not leave food or beverages in your car, or on your cabin counter or table. Lock doors and close ground floor windows when you leave your cabin and when you are asleep. Your actions could save the life of a bear!



    • Parking is free everywhere on the YMCA property.
    • Electric vehicle charging stations are located at Emerald Mountain Lodge. 
    • The YMCA is approximately 1.5 hours from Denver, Colorado.
    • Use the address below to navigate to Estes Park Center. 

    • Estes Park Shuttle - Book online or call to reserve daily shuttles to & from Denver International Airport, CO to The YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO! AEE Attendee Special: 10% discount on shuttle bookings - code located in the attendee confirmation email
    • Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Shuttle
    • For recorded updates from the Colorado Department of Transportation, please call 303-327-4034. The recording is updated by 10 a.m. daily.
    • Need a ride? 

      Once you're registered, you can join the AEE attendee Slack Channel! This is an online chatroom space for attendees to ask questions, discuss transportation and housing. The link can be found in your confirmation e-mail.


    • Please note, YMCA of the Rockies is not an ADA approved facility. There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible lodging rooms on-site. More information coming soon.
    • I need accessibility accommodations to participate in Conference workshops and larger sessions. Can I request them through AEE? 
      There is a registration field to indicate any accessibility/accommodation requests such as captioning or interpretation. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will make our best effort to fill requests made after October 16, but cannot guarantee requests will be met. You can also e-mail anna@aee.org with specific requests. 
    • YMCA Pet Policies
      • Pets must be registered with the front desk upon arrival. Guests failing to notify the front desk prior to/during check-in, will be charged the applicable nonrefundable pet fee and any incremental cleaning charges (even after departure).
      • YMCA of the Rockies requires a nonrefundable nightly pet fee of $25 per pet, per unit (maximum two pets) with a maximum pet fee of $250 per stay, $500 per calendar year. This covers normal wear and tear and standard additional cleaning associated with pet usage.
      • Pets must be on-leash while on property and when outside a guest accommodation. They must be under the control of their owner at all times and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet while on the YMCA of the Rockies’ property.
      • Pets should be current on all vaccinations; documentation must be immediately available upon request.