Cheley Colorado Camps



Cheley Colorado Camps
3960 Fish Creek Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
Tel. 303-377-3616
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Our mission states, “We build the lasting character and resiliency of young people, creating unique life experiences in a challenging and nurturing natural environment.” Cheley is a residential sleep away summer experience for children ages 9-17 and a Family Camp for children 6 and up. 

Owned and operated by the same family since 1921, Cheley provides a chance to put aside the competitive demands of school and sports, to slow down, open up, explore and get unplugged. It gives families and children an opportunity to hike, backpack, horseback ride, technical climb, camp, whitewater raft and do in-camp activities among the picturesque scene of Colorado. We serve children and hire staff from all over the world and country, this provides a rich experience in meeting others. While at camp the campers have fun as well as work toward deepening their character and confidence as they develop into successful adults.

As an organization, we are active in the American Camp Association, The International Camping Fellowship, the Western Association of Independent Camps, and Leave No Trace.

Family Camps: August 7 - August 12 , Tuesday - Sunday in 2017

Since 1985, Cheley has also offered family summer camps. Families with children age 6 and older can participate in a 5-day family camp in August after the regular summer season ends. Family summer camp activities include horseback riding in the ring and on trails, day hikes to lakes, waterfalls, and mountaintops, technical climbing, fishing, crafts, target sports and games. Families sleep in cozy covered wagons, have bath houses with running water, and hang out in lodges and dining rooms steeped in tradition, while their lungs and souls are filled with crisp clean mountain air. Evening campfires are a favorite for parents and kids, with family skits, songs, creative program reports, and hilarious fun. Family Camp is very popular and always fills, so enroll early!

Fees cover room and board, all activities and supplies, and transportation to/from camp activities. Transportation to/from Cheley Camps is not provided.

Learn more on the Cheley website or email Cheley Camps

Girls' Trail's End Camp for Girls 12-17

For girls 12-17 who have completed grades 6-11

Walk to the pasture with friends after breakfast, halter and grain in hand. Lead the horses to the corals and barns for feeding and grooming. Or pack your backpack for a beautiful three day trip with your camp buddies to a favorite destination. Girls’ Trail’s End Ranch will give you a terrific sense of camp unity and connection in a setting that typifies western ranch life, complete with covered wagon living.

Girls’ Trail’s End is a self-contained, 80-acre ranch bordered by wilderness land. This is no ordinary Colorado girls high school summer camp. The camp has seventeen Conestoga wagons and its own bathhouse, lodge and dining room. Girls’ Trail’s End feels like family, which is one of the things campers love most about the place.

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Horse Related Activities

Cheley campers will have the option to participate in half day ring rides, all day mountain trail rides, and overnight mountain trail rides. They will learn skills in caring for the horses, packing a pack horse, and general riding skills. In addition, we offer a colt program where the campers will learn how to train the colts. Cheley has over 146 happy and healthy horses. Cheley campers are given riding instruction, including in western riding form, handling skills and control as well as the essentials of feeding, grooming, tying knots and saddling. Kids and teens learn how to maintain correct leads, walk, trot and canter, and how to sit well in the saddle.

Other Activities

Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Camping, Stand Up paddle-boarding, Riflery, Crafts, Archery, Whitewater Rafting and Mountain Biking.

At a Glance

An accredited summer camp for kids and families with top backcountry riding trails and a knowledgeable staff who provide instruction in good horsemanship and many other facets of caring for horses.


Rocky Mountains of Estes Park, Colorado with beautiful, mountainous, open-space

Age Group

9-17 for regular camp sessions
6 and up for Family Camps in August


Boys and girls camps, family camps


500 a session

Riding Style & Ability

All abilities, western and some english

Season/ Sessions for the 2017 Season

When can I enroll?
Cheley Camps uses a staggered enrollment system as detailed below:
Current Campers At the end of the term
Wait listed or cancelled from camp 2016 September 1st
New campers from camp families September 15th
Open Enrollment October 1st


First Term: June 13 - July 9 , Tuesday - Sunday
Second Term: July 11 - August 6 , Tuesday - Sunday
Full Season: June 13 - August 6 , Tuesday - Sunday
Family Camp: August 7 - August 12 , Monday - Saturday

First Term or Second Term
Deposit, due with application ($200 Non-Refundable) $800
1st Payment, due January 1 $1634
2nd Payment, due March 1 $1634
Final Payment, due May 1 $1632
Total: $5700

Full Season
Deposit, due with application ($400 Non-Refundable) $1600
1st Payment, due January 1 $3266
2nd Payment, due March 1 $3266
Final Payment, due May 1 $3268
Total: $11400

Family Camp (All fees are per person:) Under Age 9 / 9 & up
Deposit, due with application ($100 Non-Refundable) $150 /  $150
1st Payment, due January 1 $100 / $200
2nd Payment, due March 1 $125 / $200
Final Payment, due May 1 $125 / $250
Total: $500 / $800  

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