Venue Highlight

Snow Mountain Ranch: Granby, CO
Address: 1101 County Road 53 Granby, Colorado 80446
Phone: 1-800-777-9622
Website: www.ymcarockies.org/snow-mountain-ranch-winter-park-colorado.html
Snow Mountain Ranch at YMCA of the Rockies is the perfect wedding venue for a bride who is planning a destination wedding in Colorado. Particularly if she is looking for a place that can easily entertain and accommodate guests with a range of different budgets. It's about an hour and a half from Denver so it's convenient to get to while still showcasing the majestic Rocky Mountains. There are a ton of activities for your guests who want to stay a little longer for some vacation time. Snow Mountain Ranch is located halfway between Granby and Winter Park which have plenty of options for accommodations. But the YMCA of the Rockies actually has a lot of different options for your guests to stay on site which is great for weddings serving alcohol! They have traditional hotel style rooms as well as both large and small family cabins. They even have group camping for the more adventurous guests who want a true outdoor Colorado experience:)  
 
Options for where to host the ceremony and reception at Snow Mountain Ranch are seemingly endless. One option is Columbine Point which has a capacity of 250 guests. This area is like a large outdoor church with a large wooden cross for folks of the Christian faith as well as plenty of long wood pew style benches. Available at the Columbine Point only is an option called the Mountaintop Toast. The folks at Snow Mountain Ranch will host an intimate post ceremony toast at the gazebo at the back of the ceremony with enough glasses for up to 150 guests. This is such a fun and easy way to get the party started.  
 
A similar option for those who may be looking for a less overt Christian setting is the Wildflower Outdoor Chapel. This area has similar bench style seating like the Columbine Point location but the altar area features a unique wooden teepee arch. Another gorgeous outdoor setting available at Snow Mountain Ranch is the Rowley Homestead which can also double as a reception site. This area of the YMCA works especially well for vintage or rustic inspired weddings due to the incredible old log cabin style structures sprinkled throughout. I was particularly fond of the barn with wheels decorating the sides. There is also an old large weathervane which only adds to the charm of this historic site. Similar to the Rowley Homestead is the Just Ranch area of Snow Mountain Ranch. Wedding ceremonies can be held here next to historic old barns and a meandering stream all with stunning mountain views.  
 
There are also options for hosting your wedding indoors. The largest is the Whispering Pines Chapel which can hold up to 250 guests. This structure features exposed pine beam ceilings and was built in the round. For smaller weddings there is the Upper Caudill Center which has a stone fireplace and a grand piano. Another option that I found particularly awesome is that Snow Mountain Ranch is open to hosting ceremonies in other parts of their ranch not already designated as wedding sites. So if a bride and groom have a particular area that is special to them they may be able to host their ceremony there.  
 
In addition to the variety of options for ceremonies the YMCA has plenty more choices for hosting receptions. Very large weddings may need to stick to the Legett Building which can hold between 200-250 guests. It's one of the more lavish spaces offered at Snow Mountain Ranch with wood floors, chandeliers, & a deck featuring a view of the Continental Divide. For those who have 150 guests or less, the Schlessman Commons area of the YMCA of the Rockies may be a good choice. This space has lower ceilings and exposed wood beams which give the space a more warm and intimate feeling. Some smaller more intimate weddings require an even smaller space and the Adam's Summit might just fit the bill. The Rowley Homestead is not the only space at Snow Mountain Ranch that can host a tented wedding. The Indian Peaks tent site can also host a wedding reception of 150 guests. A big plus to this tented area is the access to the Indian Peaks Lodge indoor restrooms. Lastly, some brides are looking for something a little more informal and of course Snow Mountain Ranch has them covered here too. The Mountain Air Cookout Shelter is a long open air style building with gorgeous views and picnic style tables. It could be just what the doctor ordered for a bride looking for something a little more casual.  
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