Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in Rocky Mountain and the surrounding Arapaho National Forest provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • Glacier Basin Campground: 8:30 AM; 10:00 AM 
  • Moraine Campground: 8:30 AM; 10:00 AM; 6:00 PM
  • Aspenglen Campground: 8:30 AM; 10:00 AM
  • Timber Creek Campground: 8:30 AM
  • Grand Lake Lodge: 10:30 AM

Ministry Team Member Information

Our summer team in Rocky Mountain is typically 8-12 ministry team members who are based in Estes Park, just outside the park’s east entrance. Three to five ministry team members are based in Grand Lake, just outside the park’s west entrance.

  • Summer only
  • Mentors sometimes available for seminarians (Estes Park only)
  • Catholic mass nearby for interested team members

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from the YMCA of the Rockies (Estes Park) or at Grand Lake Lodge (Grand Lake), depending upon ministry assignment offered.


  • Preferred availability of mid-May through late August

Employee housing:

  • Cabins with or without shared bath (Grand Lake)
  • Dorm-style with shared bath (Estes Park)
  • Married housing (Estes Park)

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Front desk
  • Housekeeping
  • Camp counselor (Estes Park only)


  • Bringing a car is highly encouraged at Grand Lake
  • Not as necessary in Estes Park

* If you are interested in serving in Rocky Mountain as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Rocky Mountain National Park (including employee housing costs), please visit the YMCA of the Rockies or Grand Lake Lodge.

How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Rocky Mountain

Information About The Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, in northern Colorado, encompasses 416 square miles of high altitude alpine and subalpine glory, spanning elevations over 12,000 feet reachable by car and much higher if you’re willing to do some trekking. Home to 14,259 foot Longs Peak, the park abounds with endless options to explore mountain tundra, towering summits, glacially carved valleys, pristine lakes and flowing streams, thick forests, sparkling aspen groves, and wildflower filled meadows.

Popular activities include all lengths and difficulty levels of hiking trails, fishing, mountain and road biking, camping, backpacking, mountain climbing, scenic drives, and stargazing on clear nights. Rocky is truly a beauty, and you’ll never run out of things to do here!

Popular Destinations

  • Long’s Peak
  • Trail Ridge Road
  • Bear Lake
  • Waterfall hikes
  • Summit trails


In Rocky Mountain, the term “elk jam” will quickly be added to your vocabulary! Expect to also see moose, bighorn sheep, ptarmigan, coyote, mule deer, black bears, cougars, and hundreds of other animals like fish, birds, and butterflies.

Outside Resources

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"You find such a variety of people [in Rocky]
– so unique, from a variety of backgrounds, from all over the country, that my perspective was constantly challenged and broadened."
– Liz, Rocky Mountain 2004