Colorado Glamping Yurts at YMCA Snow Mountain ranch, Colorado

Why Yurts are awesome!

Say hello to your new best friend: the yurts at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado. The perfect compromise is a stay in a yurt at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, and here are 7 reasons why I loved it -- and you will too!

Colorado glamping is the perfect compromise for my multigenerational family.

Let's be clear -- I am not a fan of roughing-it kind of camping. I'm well past the days of pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground. While my adult children and grandchildren still like the Colorado outdoorsy camping trips, I'm more of a glamping kind of girl.

What's glamping? There's no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. Although we're not talking high end luxury (as in butler and maid service, glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the amazing things in life -- like twinkling stars and roasting marshmallows on an open firepit.

Colorado glamping: yurts at YMCA Snow Mountain Village.

Inside a Yurt at Snow Mountain Ranch

As you can see above, modern day yurt is a free-standing, enclosed, round “tent” with roof beams and (oftentimes) a window. And you're going to want that window as the views in the Colorado Rockies are spectacular. Scratch'll likely not spend much time indoors, opting to breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the spectacular sunsets. And you'll also be inspired by the inky blue-black of the night sky.

Colorado glamping at the yurts at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch includes the inspiring view of charcoal of the night sky.

More About YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

Located near Winter Park, YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch is a quick and scenic 2-hour drive from Denver. Choose from a total of 24 yurts, 12 in the original village (Mac and Shirley Burgher Yurt Village) and 12 in the new Schlessman Family Yurt Village, where we stayed. The yurts are really quite roomy – 20 feet in diameter or 314 square feet with one handicap accessible yurt (with ramp) in each yurt village.

The yurts sleep up to 6 guests inside with a tent pad for outside sleeping for additional 2 guests -- and just like camping should be, dogs are welcome to join the family. Inside the yurt is one queen bed, 2 bunkbeds, a table and chairs, mini-refrigerator, and microwave. Say hello to late night popcorn, right?

No sleeping bag needed as the Snow Mountain Ranch yurts include a queen bed and two bunkbeds.

Centrally located for easy access, each yurt village offered a bathhouse with showers (Hallelujah!). These are private lockable, almost-hotel-like bathrooms. The facilities also offer sinks for washing dishes, drinking water, and the original yurt village (Mac and Shirley Burgher Yurt Village) has a laundry facility.

And right outside your yurt door is a cement pad, picnic table, grill, and firepit. All the comforts of camping without all the stress of setting it up! Oh, and there’s even an outdoor tent pad if you want others to join you and make it a big ol’ family get together.

Gathering around the already-set-up fire pit with the family is one of the best things about glamping in a yurt.

Plenty of Things to do at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

Discover plenty of things to do in and around your yurts at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. Choose from activities to fit all ages and interests, from my 2-year-old granddaughter to 100! Some of these activities are complimentary, such as free summer concerts, while others require a day pass or additional fees. From fishing and hiking to zip lining and horseback trails, you'll run out of time before you run out of things to do.

Discover plenty of things to do in and around your yurts at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch.

How much does it cost to stay in a yurt at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch?

For families on a budget and who love the Colorado mountains, you're going to love the cost The yurts are only $99/night, although some minimum night stays and restrictions do apply.

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