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Cheley Colorado Camps: The Overnight Camp with Everything!

Cheley Colorado Camp

A summer at Cheley Colorado Camps means spending time hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, rafting, paddleboarding, mountain biking, and playing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Wake up each morning at this Colorado overnight camp to the fresh mountain air, views of peaks that soar to 14,000 feet, and the laughter of fellow campers and staff. Since 1921, we have welcomed more than 50,000 young people from every state and more than a dozen countries, including many second, third, and now fourth generation Cheley campers. 

Why Campers Love Cheley Colorado Camps 

Cheley Colorado Camp is one of the most respected overnight camps in the United States because they know they can expect an experience of exceptional richness, quality, and consistency in a community that celebrates the individual interests and needs of each participant. Our campers also develop nurturing and trusting relationships with counselors who serve as positive role models in their job as youth development professionals. We begin the summer with the development of a Code of Living: a compilation of traits, suggested by the campers in each unit, that the campers strive to uphold throughout the term. These ideals, which often include those such as responsibility, integrity, trust, and empathy, are interwoven into the Cheley Experience. Our campers refer back to the Code of Living as they hold each other to these strong ideals. In fact, we often hear that campers hang their Code of Living on their wall when they return home to hold themselves accountable during the school year. Cheley Summer Camp

The Rocky Mountains are the playground for our free-choice program. Camp lies 75 miles northwest of Denver on the 750-acre Land O’Peaks Ranch south of Estes Park, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks and forests of Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. We operate our backcountry program on permits from the National Park Service and the Forest Service. In addition to the Land O’Peaks Ranch, camp spreads across five more locations totaling approximately 700 acres. Two of these locations are the site of two additional camper units – the Trail’s End Ranches, where campers sleep in covered wagons – while the other three locations serve as overnight camping spots. No matter how many years you come to camp, it’s tough to see it all.

Cheley Colorado Camps Amenities

In Rocky Mountain National Park alone, more than 600 miles of trails wind through sunlit meadows of wildflowers, cool forests, brilliant snowfields, and vast boulder fields to high country lakes, ponds, glaciers, and rivers, and alpine peaks.

Our facilities include:

    • Five horseback riding rings
    • A climbing wall
    • A gymnasium
    • A fleet of 40 mountain bikes
    • A low and high ropes course
    • A grassy amphitheater with a lighted stage
    • Soccer field beside an aspen grove
    • A fishing pond
    • Facilities for working with leather, paints, ceramics, and wood.

Our buildings, much like the Cheley Experience, are rich in tradition and steeped in memory. Handsome lodges and snug log cabins dating to the 1920s merge gracefully with the rocky landscape, offering stunning views at every turn. The facilities and grounds are constantly improved and scrupulously maintained for the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our campers and staff.

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As a camp, we have survived wars, economic depressions, natural disasters, and pandemics, truly withstanding the test of time. Following our Centennial in 2021, we know our challenge as leaders in youth development is to protect and preserve the rugged, rustic character of their experience while providing opportunities for growth, personal responsibility, and self-reliance. This is what makes Cheley a top-rated summer camp and we intend on improving every year. Learn more:

In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

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