2024 LGBTQ Outdoor Summit Pre-Conference

The LGBTQ Outdoor Summit

Tuesday, November 12, 2024
to Wednesday, November 13, 2024
Estes Park, CO

LGBTQ Outdoor Summit

November 12 & 13, 2024 | Estes Park, CO | YMCA of the Rockies | $200

The LGBTQ Outdoor Summit is BACK for 2024, bringing together LGBTQ outdoor and environmental professionals and allies to boost LGBTQ representation and inclusion outdoors! Our 5th summit will be hosted at the Estes Park YMCA on November 12th and 13th, 2024. It’s a chance to deepen community connections, learn from one another, and enjoy outdoor exploration together. Attendees are encouraged to stick around for the Association of Experiential Education international conference!



Elyse Rylander 

ElyseElyse Rylander (she/her) is an educator, facilitator, consultant, connector, builder and leader in the Outdoor Recreation Economy. In her [limited] downtime she can be found chasing after her daughter, paddling a boat, pedaling a bike or passionately arguing the superiority of Wisconsin cheese. In 2017, she co-founded the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit with Hannah Malvin to boost representation and inclusion for the LGBTQ community outdoors.

Hannah Malvin 

HannahHannah Malvin (she/her) is a coach and consultant on workplace culture rooted in equity and wellbeing. In 2016, she founded Pride Outside to connect the LGBTQ community around the outdoors and advance LGBTQ inclusion initiatives with the conservation community, federal land management agencies, and outdoor industry. In 2017, she co-founded the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit with Elyse Rylander to boost representation and inclusion for the LGBTQ community outdoors.

Questions? Email erylander@outwardbound.org 

The AEE International Conference will immediately follow the Pre-Conference, November 14th - 16th, 2024.

Registration Options

Credits Price
Reserve Your Spot!
Includes one registration to the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit. Does not include lodging or meals. Registration Ends 11/15/24 at 12:01 AM EST


NOTE FOR LGBTQ Summit ATTENDEES: Summit attendees are invited to book a room within the emerald mountain lodge. It is not required, but Summit pre-conference events will be held in this lodge.

Our conference lodging package includes accommodations plus three meals per day, beginning with the evening meal on arrival and ending with the noon meal on departure.

Pricing begins at $140 + tax per night*

*this pricing includes meals for ONE adult. If you add other adults into your room, pricing will reflect the additional $51.00/person per night for meals.

LODGING OPTIONS: We have rooms available in our block in the Rainbow Lodge, Alpen Inn, Longs Peak, Rams Horn, and Emerald Mountain Lodge. Click the links here or view all details at our booking link below (code needed)


If you have any questions, please contact the Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the AEE group name.

On-site complimentary recreation includes miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, tennis, indoor swimming, hiking trails, playgrounds, library, and many family programs.  Archery, horseback riding, and craft projects are available on-site for a fee.   

Please note that a 35% deposit payable to the YMCA is due when making a reservation. Upon receipt of the 35% deposit by the YMCA, a lodging confirmation and reservation number will be emailed to you.


1. Click on the Estes Park Center Booking Link

2. Select the group arrival and departure date. (Eligible dates include Monday, November 11 - Sunday, November 17. 

If you would like to extend your stay, ​please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of the group’s event by clicking on the link above. Then call Central Reservations at (888) 613-9622 to add the additional nights to your existing reservation. Have your reservation number handy.

3. Enter the group code. (Y001ACL851 (Group code is case sensitive))

4. Enter the number of ADULTS (age 13 and over considered an adult for meal pricing) 

For any children age 6-12 years staying in the room with a parent, include in the Comment section the names of children and their ages. If applicable, meal prices for children will be added to your reservation prior to arrival.

Roommates / Group Lodging

  • Looking for a roommate? Want to chat with other attendees? Click here to join the Slack Channel!
  • If multiple people are staying in a room, and you did not indicate this when booking your lodging, you will need to contact Central Reservations (888-613-9622) so the YMCA can add the names to that reservation. The appropriate number of guest meals will then be added to that room charge. 

A NOTE ABOUT CABINS: The YMCA of the Rockies also has cabins available on-site to rent that are not listed in our group lodging link. Please note that while you may reserve those cabins on your own, they are not included in our lodge package. The meal plan is available to people booking cabins, but you'd need to contact the Y directly or reserve via their website (not our link!). 

Lodging cancellation policies can be found here


Meal tickets: Guests who are registered for lodging on-site will receive a ticket/voucher for meals upon check-in.

If you aren’t on the meal plan:

You can purchase meal tickets at the register in the cafeteria, the front desk or programs department.

Meal ticket prices (age 13 and over considered an adult for meal pricing) :

Adult Breakfast $14.50

Child Breakfast (6-12) $7.50

Adult Lunch $17.00

Child Lunch $10.00

Adult Dinner $19.50

Child Dinner $14.50


If you have any questions, please contact the Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the group name as listed above.

What is the food like?

The YMCA of the Rockies Aspen Dining Hall provides everyday service in an all-you-care-to-eat, buffet-style dining hall. Choose from a wide assortment of hot and cold menu items, including vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian dining options, and much more. All meals include salad bar, entrees, dessert, and beverages.

Dining hall hours (please see the agenda for recommended meal times based on conference programming)

Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Lunch: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Dinner: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Can I bring my own food & snacks? Yes, you are permitted to bring your own food. 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!

Does the YMCA Accommodate allergies/ dietary restrictions? Special arrangements can be made to accommodate food allergies. After registering for your lodging, please call the YMCA Food Service Department at 970-586-3341 ext. 1128 for Estes Park Center. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, plus we make every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. 

Restaurants near Estes Park Center

Campus Information 

  • YMCA Information: 970-586-3341
  • Website: YMCA of the Rockies
  • 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.
  • Check-in at the guest registration desk located in the Administration Building when you first arrive. Check-in is available 24 hours a day.
  • Wi-Fi is provided in each of the cabins and lodges. 

  • Printing: There is a printer located in the Administration Building that attendees are welcome to use. First 10 pages are free. 10 cents per page above that. 
  • 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. At Estes Park Center AT&T/ T-Mobile have strong service. There is little-to-no cell service in Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • 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.

  • What should I wear? Wear anything that makes you comfortable and happy! You'll typically see attendees/speakers wearing jeans, flannels, sneakers, t shirts, activewear, puffer jackets, boots, sweaters & sweatshirts. If we had to put a label on what to wear, we'd say casual to business casual (emphasis on the casual!). 
  • Packing List

    • A variety of layers (warm and cool)
    • Warm jacket and rain jacket
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Sturdy shoes in case of snow
  • Planning a trip to Estes Park? Check out the Do Estes Right videos from Visit Estes Park, a series of short videos that give insights, tips and tricks for your visit to help you have a wonderful experience while visiting responsibly. 
  • 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 using Discount Code : IEEC2024
  • 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.

Did you know? Attendees of the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit get a 20% discount on the AEE International Conference! Register for the Summit to access the special discount code.