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 (none in summer 2012 due to construction)
- 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 gazebo, Grand Lake, CO: 10:00 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
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
- Cabins with or without shared bath (Grand Lake)
- Dorm-style with shared bath (Estes Park)
- Married housing (Estes Park)
- Retail at gift shops
- Restaurant/food service
- Front desk
- 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
- Apply to serve as a ministry team member!
- Attend a service of worship during your next trip.
- Support our team by volunteering to serve on a local Ministry Support Committee.
- Contact us to learn more.
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!
- 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.
To learn more about travelling to Rocky Mountain National Park, what the weather is like, park activities, or planning your trip, please visit http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm.