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Check In & Check Out

ALL campers are required to check-in. Check-in Sunday: returning “alumni” campers check-in between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. (MDT). New campers check-in between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE ANY EARLIER THAN 2:00 p.m. We need the time before to prepare for your camper’s arrival properly. We ask that you arrive no later than 4:00 p.m., and ask you to call the camp office if you will be late. The first meal served to all campers is dinner at 6:00 p.m. 

All campers will receive a health screening. You will drive through a series of stations upon arrival at the CCO entrance. Expect a long line of cars. Please read our health and screening requirements thoroughly and have your medications on hand.

Counselors will be in the parking lot and cabins to greet campers. This is where you may drop off luggage after meeting your campers’ cabinmates and staff. We make every effort to make this check-in as efficient as possible, but you should plan on spending approximately 30-60 minutes at check-in. We do ask that you intend to say goodbye by 4:00 p.m., as most children will be at camp by that time, and the cabin groups will begin their camp tours and relationship-building activities.

All sessions end on Saturday morning (except Mini Camp); you must show your ID and sign out your camper(s). We will open the gates at 10:00 a.m. If someone other than the parents/guardians listed on the registration will be picking up your camper, please list their legal name on the “Allowed to pick up” section of your registration. Early pick-ups must be done before 7:00 pm Friday. Please call the camp office to arrange early pick-ups. If your camper is leaving camp by alternate transportation, please see the Transportation section above for details.

During Mini Camp the gates will open on the camper's last day at 4:00 PM for check-out. 

Driving Directions

Camp Chief Ouray is located on the Snow Mountain Ranch property in Granby, Colorado, approximately 80 miles northwest of Denver. Plan on a 2 to 2.5-hour drive time from the Front Range area. 

The physical address is: 1101 County Road 53, Granby, CO, 80446

The mailing address is: Camp Chief Ouray, PO Box 648, Granby, CO 80446

Take I-70 West to Exit 232 onto Hwy 40 over Berthoud Pass. After you have driven over Berthoud Pass, you will enter the town of Winter Park and continue west on Hwy 40 through Fraser and Tabernash. Four miles west of Tabernash, you will turn left off Hwy 40 onto the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch property. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the rear of the ranch grounds and turn right at the Camp Chief Ouray sign.

Take either Highway 36 east from Boulder to I-70 West in Denver. From here, follow the ‘From Denver’ directions above. OR take Highway 93 from Boulder to Golden. At the stoplight in Golden at Junction 6, turn right onto Highway 6 West; stay on Highway 6 to I-70 West; follow the remaining directions from above.

Drive through Estes Park and access Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) through Rocky Mountain National Park and the town of Grand Lake. Stay on Hwy 34 until you reach Hwy 40 junction sign about 18 miles from the park exit.  Turn left or east onto Hwy 40 through the town of Granby; proceed approx. Eight miles and turn right onto the Snow Mountain Ranch property. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the rear of the ranch grounds and turn right at the Camp Chief Ouray sign. This road will lead you to the center of the camp. Plan on a 2–3-hour drive from the Front Range area taking Trail Ridge Road.

Transportation Options

Our priority is the safety of the children we have been entrusted with. Per Colorado Child Care Laws, we cannot release campers to anyone without first checking identification and matching it with the child’s paperwork. Before we check IDs, we will keep the children safe on the bus, and we cannot allow anyone on the bus, regardless of the weather. We ask our parents to be patient as we follow safety protocols.

Bus transportation is offered on each session’s opening and closing day at the Jefferson County Government Center RTD Station - Kiss n Ride. Two staff members will accompany the campers on the bus.

On opening day, SUNDAY, check-in for the bus begins at 11:30 a.m. MST and the bus leaves at noon.

On closing day, SATURDAY, the bus arrives between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. MST. 

Mini Camp ONLY: On closing day, the bus arrives between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. 

The camp office will contact you if bus transportation times and location changes occur. Please call the office within 10-days of your camper’s arrival with changes, additions, or cancellations of bus services.

Please contact the CCO office at least three weeks before your camper's arrival to add Airport Transportation. Detailed flight information for your camper must be in the office 10-days before your camper’s arrival. It is a requirement that all parents of campers arriving and or departing through Denver International Airport (DIA) call the camp office one week before your camper’s flights to confirm flight information, any changes, and final instructions.

  • Campers MUST have a photo I.D and a ticket (MUST carry a copy of the e-ticket if not a paper ticket).
  • Campers are to use their “Day Pack” as their carry-on as described on the Packing List. This carry-on must include any money, identification, tickets, cell phone, medications, or paperwork. Limit checked luggage to only one piece and your sleeping bag/gear as a second piece.
  • Time spent in Denver International Airport (DIA) will vary widely depending upon flight changes and delays. DIA is a 2 ½ hour drive to/from camp.
  • You MUST pay the unaccompanied minor fee for both arrivals/departures in advance if your camper is 12 or under for us to accompany them to and from their arrival/departure gates. If your airline allows an exception to the age limit for this service, notify the camp office.
  • Your camper must give their cell phone to our staff upon arrival to be stored in the office safe. Medications will be turned in to the camp nurse.

Airport Arrivals

Campers arriving at Denver International Airport (DIA) should arrive between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. MST on the day your session begins. Our staff can ONLY accompany your camper to and from their arrival/departure gates if they are 12 and under and you have paid the round trip accompanied minor fee. CCO Staff is only allowed to meet campers who have not paid for accompanied minor at the top of the escalator on LEVEL 5 (Baggage Claim Level). Directions are as follows: Upon leaving the plane at the gate in DIA, follow the electronic signs overhead to “Baggage Claim/Terminal” along Concourse A, B, or C to the escalator going down to the Train Level. The train will take you to the baggage claim and main terminal. De-board the train at the prompt, “Baggage Claim / Terminal.” Proceed up the escalator to Level 5. Remain here (do not proceed alone to luggage carousels), and our staff member with staff shirt, nametag, and I.D. will be at the designated pick-up location at the top of the escalator. Once we have greeted your camper, we will proceed to the baggage claim.

Airport Departures

All campers departing by plane will leave camp on Saturday morning. All departure flights should be between noon & 3:00 p.m. MST on Saturday. Our staff will accompany your camper to the airline check-in counter, and if your camper is 12 and under, our staff will accompany your camper to their gate until they board their flight. For campers over 12, our staff will accompany your camper to the check-in counter and remain with them until they proceed to the main security area. Campers who will not be accompanied move through the main security area and down the escalator to the train and board at the prompt. They will de-board the train on the appropriate concourse by following the train’s voice prompt and continuing to their departure gate. Departure gates are marked. There are arrival/departure screens on each concourse that your unaccompanied camper should check and ensure that their gate assignment and departure time received at their airline check-in counter is still correct.

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