Cheley Colorado Camps

  • Estes Park, CO
  • Estes Park, CO
  • Camp Type: Overnight, Family
  • Age of Campers: 9 - 17
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 1921
  • Accreditations: 4

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My son tells me daily that he can’t wait for his summer time at Cheley! Camp Cheley provides my son with a much needed escape from the pressures of school, sports, etc… He has the chance to unplug and spend a month in nature. As he describes it, “Texas is flat in boring. The mountains in Estes Park are majestic and like nothing I have ever seen before! Hiking in snow while wearing shorts is awesome!” He met incredible new friends, and he learned a lot about other countries from his new friends who traveled from overseas to attend camp. He found he was able to push himself beyond his physical limits, and he enjoyed learning about a healthier lifestyle. When we picked him up during parents’ weekend, he was stronger mentally and physically. The change that occurred in just a few weeks was remarkable. He had this smile and glow that I can’t wait to experience when we pick him up again this summer! And, what an experience it is for the families to have the opportunity to meet the staff, counselors and the other families. The horse show was outstanding, and the food was delicious! My son still talks about taco night! The accommodations could not be more beautiful – I wish we could upload photos so I could show you the amazing place my son feels is now his summer home. The staff was very responsive, and they were great dealing with a nervous Mom’s first time sending her son away to a multi-week camp. They even make sure parents receive a handwritten letter at least one a week. Cheley is not just a camp – it’s a family, it’s a tradition, and it’s life changing. Thank you to everyone at Cheley for impacting so many young lives!!


Cheley Camp is a very special place. My children will be going back for their 6th summer this year. My kids get to spend 3 1/2 weeks in glorious RMNP with other amazing young people from all over the country. Cheley encourages them to do what they love, challenge themselves, make great personal choices and just have fun! Unplugged, away from their usual daily lives. They have made life long friends from near and far and come home raving about the food, the freedom and awesome adventures they experienced. My kids have grown up so much at Cheley camp thanks to the values the Cheley family has instilled for 95 years. I highly recommend the Cheley experience. It's simply the best there is in one of the most gorgeous settings in the United States.


The summers our three children have spent at Cheley have been not only the best summers of their lives, but by far and away the most impactful and transformative. Living, hiking, riding, singing and making friends in the mountains, without the pressures of school, technology and constant assessments, has increased their confidence, independence and joyfulness. The emphasis on character and community is priceless. The staff is very well trained, the setting gorgeous and the activities a wonderful contrast to school and competitive sports.

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