What to expect at the Rocky Ridge campus in Estes Park, CO
Whether your stay is a short 5 day stint or a 4 week seminar, we want your experience on campus to be enjoyable and memorable. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you still have questions, contact our office.
CLIMATE AND ALTITUDE
Summer in Colorado is full of beautiful, sunny days followed by cool nights and frequent afternoon showers. In the mountains, the weather changes rapidly. Rain showers, thunder storms and even snow can appear without warning, and can just as quickly subside. Rocky Ridge is located at an elevation of 9,200 feet, so it is essential to drink plenty of water to avoid altitude sickness. You can find more information on the climate and what to bring with you in the Student Handbook.
We share the Rocky Ridge campus with chipmunks, rabbits, ground squirrels, elk, mule deer, and the occasional black bear. Bobcats and mountain lions are rare but can be found in this region. The animals are not dangerous if proper precautions are taken. On the first day of each session, campers and staff will be given a wildlife and safety orientation by Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers or other trained officials. For obvious reasons, feeding wildlife is strictly prohibited, and pets are not allowed on campus. All food must be kept in the dining hall or in refrigerators. All trash must be properly disposed of in our bear-proof dumpsters. For more information, consult the Student Handbook.
Our residential cabins are dorm-style with bunk beds; junior students will reside with their counselor and 3-6 roommates. Bathhouses with showers are just a short walk away. Adult program students have the option of residing in a private cabin with an attached bathroom for an additional fee.
Rocky Ridge Music Center is located at 465 Longs Peak Road, Estes Park, CO, 80517.
The Estes Park Shuttle runs from Denver International Airport directly to Rocky Ridge’s campus. Total travel time is approximately 2 hours. Make a reservation for the shuttle at www.EstesParkShuttle.com.