The Perfect Place For Your Event
We have been in the business of making unforgettable memories for over 65 years. More then just a venue, we strive to be a part of your family and will work hard to make your event one to remember!
Our site offers convenience to major airports and cities while giving you a private, pristine outdoor setting to celebrate, learn, relax and grow in the comfort of heated housing and updated common spaces. We also invite you to spice up your event by taking advantage of one of our many camp activities!
What Makes a Ranch Camp Event Unique
Team/Family Building Activities
Tent & Housing Options
Have your special day in the beautiful hills of the Black Forest! Nestled at just under 7,000 feet, the JCC Ranch Camp is at the perfect elevation for your wedding celebration. Enjoy a full 3-day weekend rental with us to enjoy all that the Ranch has to offer. Have your entire wedding outdoors or enjoy our newly renovated Dining Hall and event space for your reception or ceremony. Enjoy evenings by one of our many campfires and sleep comfortably in our quaint cottages and cabins. Want a little bit more adventure? Our expert staff can customize the weekend to fit your adventurous spirit. Add our newly upgraded high-ropes course to your package for more outdoor fun. Our pool is also available for your party guests. We are here to make your wedding weekend an incredible experience!
The JCC Ranch Camp provides the perfect setting for corporate retreats and conferences. Our staff will help customize your retreat so it is unique, memorable, and effective. Whether you are looking for a board-style presentation meeting or an overnight practical learning experience, Ranch Camp has the staff and the facilities to meet your needs. We have several indoor and outdoor meeting spaces to hold breakout sessions and lectures. For those looking for a retreat to build culture and teambuilding skills, our highly trained staff can put together a curriculum and promotes teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. A high-ropes course, pool, hiking trails, and traditional camp activities are available to add adventure to your event. Our cabins and cottages also allow for unique bonding experiences. Enjoy food from our camp chefs or bring in your own. Let us plan your next organizational retreat at the JCC Ranch Camp!
Have your special event at the JCC Ranch Camp! From Simachas to Family Reunions- our highly-trained staff will build a weekend that is sure to be unforgettable. The Ranch features lodging for 200 guests, multiple campfire and outdoor spaces, a full outdoor AstroTurf field, a new high-ropes course, and acres of forest and trails. Our camp has something for everyone! Ask about customized weekend activities for your next get-together!
Turn your celebration into a destination weekend for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah! Whether you have fond memories of camp or are just looking for a unique venue to bring everyone together, the JCC Ranch Camp has you covered! Have your ceremony in the beautiful woods of the Black Forest. Have your special Kiddush meal in our newly renovated dining hall or have a picnic outside! We have tons of camp-related activities to enjoy. Israeli dancing, tie-dye, swimming, and our high ropes course are just some of the fun that you can enjoy over the long weekend. Have us prepare your food or bring your own- it’s up to you! We have several different lodging options to fit everyone’s tastes. The JCC Ranch Camp is the perfect place to have your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah!
The JCC Ranch Camp is located on 400 acres of ranch land in Elbert, Colorado within a beautiful area known as the Black Forest. The camp, which is owned and operated by the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver, is open to children entering grades 2-11 with programs designed specifically for each age. Campers reside in log cabins in groups of up to 10-12 campers with 3-4 staff members.
Over the past 10 years, Ranch Camp supporters have raised over $4.5 million to put towards site improvements and renovations. Our goal is to preserve our site for generations of Jewish youth yet to come and as a place for camp alum to return to.
All camp buildings are located within a central area and are surrounded by a sprawling acreage of pine forests, which provide spots for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, and exploring. The facility includes a corral that houses over 40 horses during the summer, providing for one of the best equestrian programs to be found in a Jewish camp setting nationwide.
JCC Ranch Camp also offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, a technical rock climbing wall, a low-elements ropes course, a high-elements challenge course and zip line, a sports field and basketball court, nature and crafts center, recreation hall, two outdoor seated gathering areas, archery field, farm area and miles and miles of beautiful trails on our 400-acre ranch.
Ranch Camp is located in the Black Forest of Elbert, Co. We are an easy drive from both Denver and Colorado Springs. Located on 388 acres of rolling hills, treed areas and open meadows, the Ranch Camp is a peaceful ranch site where groups can take advantage of quiet, private surroundings for retreats, weddings and other celebrations. Our property is easily accessible with short walks between cabins and buildings. We are available for use year-round and have heated accommodations, meeting spaces and reception hall.
- Two Outdoor Ceremony Sites (or set up in a meadow of your choice!)
- Indoor Reception Hall (Seats 300)
- Covered Ceremony Area (if needed)
- Dressing Rooms with Lounge Areas
- Unlimited Photo Opportunities
- Overnight Stay Options (Cabins, Private Cottages, Hotel Style Rooms, Camping)
- Camp Activities (Optional) – Zipline, Pool Access. Sports, Hiking, Campfire
Ranch Camp is blessed to have a campus that blends in an early 1900s feel with modern day comforts.
- Multiple heated housing options ranging from cabin style (accommodates 200 people) to private housing (accommodates 35 people).
- Newly renovated bathhouses serving group cabins designed with maximum privacy and comfort in mind.
- Swimming Pool with deck chairs (Seasonal).
- Campfire ring with projector screen (seats 200-250).
- Dining Hall (seats 299 people) with additional covered porch seating and beautiful deck views.
- Commercial kitchen serving Kosher food and capable of handling a wide variety of dietary needs and allergies.
- Wifi Internet Access.
- Optional Camp Activities – High Ropes Challenge Course, Low Ropes Team Building Course, Traditional Crafts, Tie-Dye, Archery, Hiking, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Animal Interactions, and Horseback Riding (Seasonal).
Our cabins become a home away from home for your child while at camp! There are two separate villages at camp – the North and South Villages known during the summer as Banim (Boys) and Banot (Girls) Village respectively. The two villages each have a distinct style of their very own! The south village is 7 cabin village with beautiful, rustic red cabins which have been renovated with historic preservation in mind. When these bunks were renovated each of the outer boards were removed and replaced exactly as they were to preserve the original feel of the cabins while still allowing for newly raised ceilings, new shelving and updated siding and heating. The south village is the historic heart of camp and reminds us that camp was originally a working Colorado ranch! The North village with its six spacious cabins, has a much more modern feel with cabins that have been refinished with long lasting materials. However, the feel of camp is still very important to us so each of these cabins has a wrap around porch with large, stunning natural wood beams creating comfortable places for sitting and relaxing with your friends in the shade on a hot summer day!
We are super excited to have a newly renovated Dining Hall! This center of camp is where we meet as an entire community three times per day to share meals together so this space is hugely important to Ranch Camp culture. A much needed update was given to this building in time for Summer 2015 and now reflects our love of being outdoors whenever possible! With large, fold open glass doors and a large two-story porch, even in rainy weather the dining hall is a comfortable space to gather, re-charge and celebrate each day. Did we mention that our food is delicious? Each summer we receive positive feedback on our food which is prepared fresh each meal avoiding whenever possible pre-packed, box time foods. Instead we focus on meals from scratch and whole foods from our homemade challah on Shabbat to our home-style macaroni and cheese to our daily fresh salad and yogurt bars. We accommodate a very large range of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and corn-free as well as catering to specific allergies and restrictions. Oh, and we are 100% Kosher always! (Supervised Kosher kitchen with all Kosher food and snacks for campers at all times)
Ranch Camp has one of the top western riding programs in the country and we invite you to join us to experience the beauty and magic of horses! Our facility includes:
- 300+ Acre Pasture for over-nighting horses and for rest days. Having our horses “free range” is better for the horse and helps keep them relaxed and healthy all summer long.
- 3 large pastures where horses spend their days when they are not being used in lessons.
- Large tack up arena for Ranch Program and medium sized tack up arena for the EQ Program.
- 1 riding arena attached to main corral for Ranch Program and Beginner Horsemanship usage.
- 2 riding arena for EQ in a nearby valley surrounded by hills and trees.
- 400 acres of trails to be enjoyed by both EQ and Ranch Program participants.
- Shaded helmet and boot storage area.
- Covered hay storage.
- Indoor space for ground lessons and rainy day programming.