Photo taken by Emily Huynh 


Each summer for more than 60 years, thousands of high school students come to Frontier Ranch for a week of high adventure and a chance to consider a relationship with God in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains!

Are you going to be a camper this summer?  Visit our Just for Campers page.

Since 1951, students from around the country have been coming with their local Young Life groups and leaders to have an unforgettable time together, eat great food, and make lasting memories. They meet new people from around the country, try new activities, and hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ presented in a way teens can relate to.

Whether it's riding horseback through the pines at the base of Mt. Princeton, zipping through our high ropes course, whipping around an off-road track on a Ridge Runner, bounding off a 120-foot rappelling cliff, losing your stomach on "the Screamer," barreling down the water slide into the hot springs pool, or climbing above the clouds at almost 13,000 feet - you can count on high adventure at Frontier Ranch!

And if that is not enough, there are other great surprises and activities, but we don't want to spill the beans! Come join us for the best week of your life!

For quiet down-time, there are plenty of places around camp with lawn chairs, lobbies, picnic tables, and great views of the valley below for unwinding.

The Frontier Trading Post has T-shirts, books, gifts and more. At the Silver Heel Snack Bar, we offer the famous Frontier Freeze, novelty ice cream, shakes, candy bars, and more!

We guarantee that our guests will have the "best week of their lives!"

Sending Mail to Camp:

A special thing about camp is the opportunity to send and receive snail mail! We love when friends or family send their campers goodies in the mail but please keep in mind that it can take 2-3 days longer than estimated to arrive at campIf items are being shipped to the post office, please add 2-3 days for your item to actually arrive at camp. Also, because there is so much mail coming into town and up to camp, please ensure that ALL mail is addressed as follows:

Camper Name - "Camper" & Dates at Camp

PO Box 2025

22150 CR 322

Buena Vista, CO 81211 

Some important tips: if the company says they don't deliver to a PO Box, please add #2025 to the top line (some mail still gets routed through the local Post Office). Also, UPS/FedEx may say that the above address cannot be found - ask them to override the system and leave it as listed (our local drivers know how to find us!). 

​If mail arrives after the recipient has left camp, it will be returned to sender. ​

Camp Memories

"Hiking up Mt. Chrysolite was the most fun I had this week."

"Nick's talks were by far the best talks I've ever heard."

"The most meaningful thing this week was cabin time, just talking to friends about struggles in my life."

"I loved the 20 minutes we had alone."

"I learned that I needed to let go of my fears and trust Christ."

"I wish we could have done the Ridge Runners and rappelling more; it was so fun."

"My experience at camp was so good, I dunno what could have made it better."

"This was the best week of my life ... for real."


Young Life and Frontier Ranch maintain the highest level of safety and standards in operation of all of our activities at camp.

All of Frontier Ranch's challenge course elements (ropes course, screamer and rappelling) are inspected and approved by The Association of Challenge Course Technology and by Signature Research, Inc​. All elements are operated and supervised by our staff who have been fully trained and certified to do so, ensuring your child's comfort and safety.
Frontier Ranch's Horse and Ridge Runners programs are also facilitated by trained and experienced staff. Your child will be in good hands while at Frontier Ranch.
In the event of an unexpected accident, there is always a qualified medical professional on call to tend to your child's needs. Also, if needed, the local hospital is only a short drive away.

View the standard practices Young Life employs to take care of kids at camp. 

Young Life Frontier Ranch is an equal opportunity service provider. Young Life Frontier Ranch operates under special use permit by USDA Forest Service.

Learn more about the Summer Food Service Program​.


Contact Us

Frontier Ranch
22150 County Rd #322
P.O. Box 2025
Buena Vista, CO, 81211

CALL US: (719) 395-4111
FAX: (719) 395-4115

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