Mountain Friends Camp has traveled and roamed between Utah, Colorado and New Mexico since we started in 2010, and in 2017 will hold sessions at two different locations! Collins Lake Ranch is our new location this summer, registration for the two-week session here is open initially only to returning camp families. Santa Fe Tree House Camp has been our hosts in 2014-2016, we’re glad to be returning for a one-week session this summer with welcome to new and returning campers.
1. Collins Lake Ranch, Mora, New Mexico: This is our pilot program with Collins Lake Ranch, and we’re looking forward to exploring the rural location and creating community with new friends and neighbors. Collins Lake Ranch is located near Mora NM; their mission is “to provide meaningful opportunities to people with developmental disabilities who desire to participate in a rural mountain community.” We see huge potential in their gorgeous mountain valley location (with a 12 acre lake, soccer field, organic garden, and farm animals!) and even more in the potential for our program and campers to grow through connecting and building community with those with disabilities.
There are currently five adults with developmental disabilities living on the ranch, with a holistically trained, 24/7 support staff. MFC would have a separate camp area, which will be quite rustic for the first year but would have access to the commercial kitchen, water and electricity. We’re working carefully with CLR leadership to plan on some integrated programs ranging from plork projects (including feeding the ducks and alpaca!) to crafts and sing-a-longs.
2. Santa Fe Tree House Camp, New Mexico: 2017 is our fourth summer returning to the Tree House Camp Camp, with 150 secluded acres adjoining Santa Fe National Forest. The last few miles are gravel roads but 2WD accessible, and we’re only 30 minutes from Santa Fe. We’ll practice peace and explore nature all week, with a special visit from peacemaker young woman from Israel and Palestine.
The Santa Fe Tree House Camp is located 12 miles from Santa Fe, New Mexico (Driving Directions). Our host is a nonprofit organization with decades of summer camp experience. Facilities include six cozy “tree house” cabins, an indoor-outdoor kitchen, indoor bathhouse, crafts and program buildings, a pavilion for dancing and performances, and a low ropes course. Our camp is secluded on 150 acres, with 1.5 mile boarder with Santa Fe National Forest, located very near the historic Santa Fe Trail! We love to explore the nearby Apache Canyon and Shaggy Peak on day trips and overnights, and are planning an optional adventure hike to Glorietta Baldy!
At camp, the cabins are very rustic, with about 4 steps/ladders to enter and no water, and in some no electricity, inside the cabins. While we do our best to prevent hazards, there is still rough wood, and possible sharp edges or exposed nails. The beds are all single bunk beds.The trails and paths at camp are rough, requiring the ability to walk over rough, steep, rocky, and loose soil. There is only one bathhouse with running water for multi-stall showers and toilets a 5-10 minute walk from the cabins, the other options are be porta-potties. We love the simple life at camp, the sweet smell of the ponderosa pines and the amazing night sky.