What to Expect

Expect to slow down!

  • Take a break from phones and Internet
  • Enjoy time away from work, family and Church responsibilities
  • Take in the scenery during a morning hike or an afternoon of optional activities at Snow Mountain Ranch (Day pass included in full Retreat fee)
  • We’ll be at high altitude – you may get out of breath more easily, so go slow


Expect to share

  • Accommodations – we share rooms and beds (linens and towels provided) in a large cabin with a kitchen and dining area
  • Food – our tradition is a potluck dinner Friday with leftovers for lunch Saturday
  • Many hands make light work – we all pitch in at meal-times


Expect a little pampering

  • Catered family-style dinner Saturday night
  • Breakfast provided Saturday and Sunday
  • Optional trip Saturday afternoon to Hot Sulphur Springs – book your spa service ahead (970-725-3306) or just come to the pools for $20


Expect to be inspired, motivated, emotionally and spiritually fed

  • Music – we love to sing together! (Bring an instrument if you like)
  • Guest speaker – always someone who stretches our brains a little
  • Lots of talking, in formal group discussions and spontaneous conversations
  • Exposure to different life experiences and opinions



What to bring


Mountain clothes – weather can be unpredictable. Dress code is very casual, but bring warm clothes and a jacket for the evening. It’s a great place for hiking, so bring clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoors.


Hot Springs – besides your bathing suit, bring flip-flops for walking between pools. Towels and robes may be rented there, or bring your own. Also, bring change for a locker.


Food – this is a true potluck; we take whatever we get. Store-bought or homemade, healthy or indulgent, we love it all. We include a vegetarian option for Saturday but if you have other restrictions, (e.g. vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free) please be sure to bring things you can eat.


Other optional items:

  • Refillable water bottle – you’ll be high and dry up there!
  • Sunblock and/or hat
  • Book for book exchange
  • Flashlight or nightlight
  • Headache remedy for those altitude headaches