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In 1947, Coach and Norma established their dream children's camp: Trojan Ranch. Their combined years of experience as elementary educators and camp directors allowed for the creation of a uniquely enriching summer camp program. The seed Coach and Norma planted has blossomed into the camp now known as the Colorado Mountain Ranch.


Today, the family tradition continues. Gail, Mike, and Lynn, the second generation of Walkers, have directed the Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp since 1973, building on the family legacy of providing excellent outdoor camp experiences for Boulder youth.

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And Now ...

The founding principles of the Ranch still hold today. This is a place where people of all ages can have meaningful fun through wholesome outdoor activity, positive connections with nature, and a strong sense of community in the mountains. Over the years, the place and the people have rebounded from numerous setbacks, from forest fire damage to snow-load barn collapse. Today, the outlook for the Colorado Mountain Ranch is bright as the Walkers and their extended Ranch Family keep their focus ahead and up!


The work you do for the youth of Boulder County is amazing. Over 60 years, owned and operated by one family! Quite the accomplishment.”

DB – Parent and Alum

“I think of my days at Trojan so often – they were among the happiest of my childhood.”

Sherri (Klein) Phillips, Former camper ’78 – 83

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