Trail West Conference Center is owned by Young Life and is available at the base of Cottonwood Pass for those who want a safe and beautiful place to retreat. There is much to do at this special God centered place. I love the “fake” front of the church. Relax, Hike, Read, Sleep, Tennis, Swim, Volleyball and of course, eat.
Scattered throughout the structures are tin can remnants. A reminder of a difficult life mining in the mountains. Finally the mine, closed by concrete in a deep hole surrounded by the rickety fence.
The trail winds through Aspen forest with just a few yellow leaves on the ground warning of winter to come. The creek runs along the trail and the clefted rock is about one-third of the way up the trail. Don’t you think it looks like a whale’s mouth? The sky is lit up with clouds warning of rain to come. Hiking with someone who I hiked with one year ago in Estes Park is a blessing at this retreat. We share a love for God’s beautiful gift of Colorado and a love for hiking.