The Camp Experience
Children need connection with the natural world and with other people in a positive community. It's essential to their healthy emotional and physical development. Beyond simply facilitating activities, we help young people develop their sense of compassion and make meaning in their lives.
The Colorado Mountain Ranch believes in the simplicity of getting kids outdoors and having fun, surrounded by nature and supported by the camp community. We don’t ever underestimate the power that fun, laughter, and joy can bring to a child’s world.
To support youth to develop a positive foundation in self and community.
The Colorado Mountain Ranch strives to provide opportunities for children:
to gain understanding and build relationships with self, others, nature, and community.
To build skills physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually through quality connections with people, place, and programs.
Family owned and operated since 1947
THE WALKER FAMILY
Mike, Lynn, and Gail, the owners and administrators of The Colorado Mountain Ranch, are lifetime youth workers and educators. Kate, Josie, and Rosie Walker are now the third-generation work team at the Ranch. Learn more about the Walkers
OUR AMAZING STAFF
Staff members live full-time at The Ranch during the summer season, forming the heart of our camp's family feel. Counselors are selected on the basis of personality, experience and ability to guide children toward their full potential, with many staff members returning to The Ranch year after year. Our hiring process includes thorough interviewing and reference checking to assess each candidate's ability to care for children. We also conduct thorough background checks according to Colorado Child Care Licensing requirements.
STAFF ORIENTATION AND TRAINING
Before summer camp begins, staff members participate in a weeklong orientation covering Colorado Mountain Ranch policies and procedures, child abuse laws, skill training, discipline, and child development. In-service trainings and sharing sessions continue weekly throughout the summer.
STAFF TO CHILD RATIO
We enforce a minimum 1:6 staff-to-child ratio to provide each child with a high level of individual attention.
GROUPS, COUNSELORS, AND FRIENDS
Group counselors are always with their groups, providing constant guidance and encouragement. Groups are organized by grade, then further divided into small groups or pairs of friends.
Each activity is overseen by specialized instructors who present a progressive curriculum for the week. Instructors and group counselors work together to offer supervision that balances safety, confidence building, and FUN!
The Colorado Mountain Ranch offers one of the most extensive day camp programs available anywhere:
ADVENTURE DAY CAMP
Activity sampler for rising grades 2-8
FOCUS DAY CAMPS
Intensive activities for rising grades 5-11
Teen leadership program for rising grades 8-12
COLORADO CHILD CARE LICENSING
The Colorado Mountain Ranch programs are licensed by the Colorado State Department of Social Services.